Night Draws Near: Iraq's People in the Shadow of America's War

Night Draws Near: Iraq's People in the Shadow of America's War

Winner of the 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize
A Washington Post Book World Top Five Nonfiction Book of the Year
A Seattle Times Top Ten Best Book of the Year
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

In 2003, The Washington Post's Anthony Shadid went to war in Iraq, but not as an embedded journalist. Born and raised in Oklahoma, of Lebanese descent, Shadid, a fluent Arabic speaker, has spent the last three years dividing his time between Washington, D.C., and Baghdad. The only journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize for his extraordinary coverage of Iraq, Shadid is also the only writer to describe the human story of ordinary Iraqis weathering the unexpected impact of America's invasion and occupation. Through the moving stories of individual Iraqis, Shadid shows how Saddam's downfall paved the way not just for hopes of democracy but also for the importation of jihad and the rise of a bloody insurgency. "A superb reporter's book," wrote Seymour Hersh; Night Draws Near is, according to Mark Danner, "essential."

Title:Night Draws Near: Iraq's People in the Shadow of America's War
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780312426033
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    Night Draws Near: Iraq's People in the Shadow of America's War Reviews

  • Tinea

    [Updated 16 Feb: I just learned that Anthony Shadid passed away in Syria today, from an asthma attack caused by an allergy to the horses he used to smuggle himself across the border from Turkey. This ...

  • Kerryevelyn

    I'm usually wary of accounts of Western journalists claiming to 'reveal' the 'real' Middle East, but this book is completely different. It's among the best books I've read about the contemporary Middl...

  • Daniel Villines

    So often, the greater part of our nation sees its conflicts through information that focuses on positive results rather than the actual and current state-of-affairs. The Stars and Stripes fly in front...

  • Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly

    During the reign of the tyrant Saddam Hussein it was one group of Iraqi muslims (the Sunnis) lording it over the other groups of Iraqi muslims (the Kurds and the Shiites). And there were a lot of deat...

  • Joan

    I did not find Night Draws Near as engaging as House of Stone....

  • Mikey B.

    A Must ReadFor anyone interested in the Iraqi war and its' continuing aftermath.This book is particularly gripping because the author focuses on the impact the last few years (2005) have had on the pe...

  • Suzanne

    This is a heartbreaking and thought-provoking look at the first year of the American occupation of Iraq. The author tells the stories of the civilians - their fears, their frustrations, their deprivat...

  • Alexis Ohanian

    Anthony Shadid, a Lebanese American, reports on the Iraq war from the perspective of a range of everyday Iraqi citizens. This was everything I'd hoped it to be -- a riveting account that goes a long w...

  • Sarah Finch

    I started reading this the day after the news broke that its author, Anthony Shadid, had died in Syria. Shadid wrote a wonderful book that is a testament to his dedication as a journalist, as well as ...

  • Nadia

    More like three and a half.So I should probably review this before I forget everything. I avoided reading journalist or new political books about the last Iraq war for a really long time and I can't r...