Synopses & Reviews
From 1998 until the chaotic aftermath of the invasion, news reporter Richard Downes witnessed firsthand the incredible changes that have overwhelmed the Iraqi people. His BBC posting Jordan brought him to the Mideast, and he subsequently found his niche in Iraq. Isolated through international sanctions, Iraq and its people captivated him. In Search of Iraq goes far deeper into the environment than the daily news reports seen by the Western World. Small events of ordinary life and whispered conversations in back alleys are as telling as the grand political statements. With an unflinching focus on the customs, religion, culture and historical diversity of all the communities in the region, In Search of Iraq reveals the true horror and impact of war, as well as the friendships that can blossom in a country torn to shreds. What emerges is a stunning memorial to a disintegrating nation. Included: a New Introduction for the American edition by the author.