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A War Against Truth: An Intimate Account of the Invasion of Iraq
An acclaimed journalist who has covered the Middle East for decades -- and one of the few to have interviewed Saddam Hussein -- Paul William Roberts knows Iraq better than most. This is his exposi of the politics behind the recent war -- and the brutal reality the Iraqis experienced but the rest of the world didn't see. In Baghdad when the bombs started falling, Roberts wi ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 30th 2005 by Raincoast Books
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Beautifully written, moving and with an edge-of-your-seat immediacy that makes the book hard to put down. I read it in three days in large, hasty gulps. Let me make it clear: I don't usually read non-fiction but this book compels and breaks your heart. It should be required reading for anyone who wishes to understand the motives of those who make war. It is infuriating and full of black humour in turns.
Just read it.
Just read it.
This book probably deserves a higher rating: I read it immediately after The Fall of Baghdad , Jon Lee Anderson's far superior account of the opening period of the 2003 American invasion of Iraq from a Baghdad perspective—a little distance would likely have made the second book more palatable. A War Against Truth begins with US bombs exploding around the house where Roberts was staying—the author being on familiar terms with a good number of Arabic families from previous periods spent in the Mi ...more
Dec 26, 2011 Gary Maunder rated it liked it · review of another edition
If you want to read an account of what it was like to be in Baghdad when shock and awe was breaking over everyone's heads then read this book. The author went on to experience a bizarre journey through a war landscape.