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Martyrs' Day: Chronicle of a Small Warby Michael Kelly
Synopses & Reviews
In this classic account of the Gulf War from all sides of the conflict, Michael Kelly brings Operation Desert Storm to vivid life. He watches bombs fall on Baghdad; waits for Scud attacks in Tel Aviv, hears horrific tales of rape and torture in Kuwait, and travels with Kurdish rebels at war with Saddam Hussein themselves. In the new foreword and afterword, Kelly places the Gulf War in the context of the other wars of the twentieth century and makes a case for its being the opening salvo in the first war of the twenty-first century.
"[H]aunting, beautifully written....[Kelly's] perceptive observations on the human costs and moral ambiguities of war speak for themselves. As compelling and revelatory an account of the Gulf War as has yet been published." Kirkus Reviews
"This eyewitness account differs from the many other books on the Persian Gulf War in that it deals primarily with human-interest elements rather than military matters." Library Journal
"Michael Kelly's superb piece of reportage...reminds us that when George Bush compared Saddam to Hitler, he was not being facetious....Mr. Kelly brings to his work the mind of a scholar, the eye of a painter, and the pen of a poet." Radek Sikorski, The National Review
"Michael Kelly has written the one book of literary value to come out the Gulf War. This is the best piece of war writing in a generation; not since Vietnam and Michael Herr's Dispatches has anyone conveyed the pity and terror of war, and the strangeness of the places where men fight, so well." Robert Hughes
"Understated and beautifully crafted...a profound meditation on the depths of human cruelty." Overseas Press Club Citation
"Rich in irony and insight, this journalistic account of the Gulf War is written in original, precisely detailed, highly visual language....[Kelly's] book has the power to make the war real for the American reader." Anne Gendler, Booklist
A journalist for The New York Times recounts his year in the Persian Gulf region during Bush's war, focusing on the people and places and capturing the moral ambiguity and human tragedy of war.
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