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Revolution Day: The Human Story of the Battle for Iraq

Omaar, Rageh

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ISBN 10: 0670915084 / ISBN 13: 9780670915088
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Title: Revolution Day: The Human Story of the ...

Publisher: Viking

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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Throughout the war in Iraq millions of people turned to Rageh Omaar?s BBC reports from Baghdad. Omaar was the BBC?s official correspondent in Iraq for six years prior to the conflict. He had watched the suffocation of Iraqi society after a quarter of a century of dictatorship and then, in March 2003, he witnessed the last desperate hours of peace before the bombs fell. His unique and haunting narrative captures the moment when twenty-five agonising years came to an end and a country was changed for ever: ?Suddenly, Baghdad was a city frantically preparing for war. The central Shorja market had stubbornly remained its usual busy self for months. The main concerns of shoppers had been finding the best prices for cola and cans of tomato puree. In one day the market was transformed into a sea of desperate faces trying to buy up the last remaining oil lamps, masking tape and boards to protect windows from being blown in. I had never seen the market like this before. It was as though the people of Baghdad had awoken from a state of absolute denial. Adnan Mustapha Hamid, a young restaurant manager, was typical of the many that thronged Al Shorja that day. ?I know the British and Americans say they will spare civilian targets? , he said, ?but few of us believe them.? Writing from the heart of Baghdad, Omaar follows the war from its beginning to its aftermath: he describes the atmosphere among the people on the night the first bombs hit; the horror they felt as they watched their city burn; the anarchy and unforgiving heat that overwhelmed the country in the battle?s wake. Beautifully written and almost unbearable in its detail, Revolution Day is a powerful account of a city and its people under siege, and of a conflict at the very centre of our world.

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Rageh Omaar was born in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1967. He studied modern history at Oxford and began his journalistic career at The Voice newspaper in London. In 1991 he moved to Ethiopia as a freelance journalist working mainly for the BBC World Service. In 1992, he returned to London as a producer for Focus on Africa for the World Service at Bush House. Between 1994 and 1996, he worked as a broadcast journalist for the World Service. He then became BBC Television News' Africa Correspondent, based in Johannesburg. Latterly he has reported from Afghanistan and Iraq during the wars in the region. He moved back to the UK after the Iraq conflict.

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