Featuring the testimony of close to seventy Iraqis from all walks of life, Voices from Iraq builds a riveting chronological history unmatched for its insight and revelations. Here is a history of the war in Iraq as told entirely by Iraqis living through the U.S. invasion and occupation. Beginning in 2003, this intimate narrative includes the experiential accounts of civilians, politicians, former dissidents, insurgents, and militiamen. Iraqis offering firsthand stories range from onetime Prime Minister Ayad Allawi to resistance fighters speaking on the condition of anonymity. Divided into five parts, these interviews recount the 2003 invasion; Iraq's gradual slide into chaos from 2004 to 2005; the start of a new order in 2006; the rise of open sectarian violence over the next two years; and the effort since 2008 to reconstruct a society from relative calm. Each section includes interviews grouped into themes, with brief epilogues for the participants. Not since Studs Terkel's The Good War has a book captured so acutely the human consequences of a conflict we are still struggling to understand.
Voices from Iraq makes utterly vivid the meaning and legacy of America's campaign in Iraq.
Mark Kukis covered the war in Iraq from 2006 to 2009 as a correspondent for Time magazine, and he has written for the New Republic and Salon. He is the author of "My Heart Became Attached": The Strange Journey of John Walker Lindh, and his work can be read at www.markkukis.com.
Introduction A Note on Civilian Casualties Part One The Sanctity of Guns and Shrines Ra'ad Obaeid Hussein Ahmed Abu Ali An Army in Defeat Gassan Abdul Wahed Ined Baha'a Nouri Yasseen Hussein al-Awadie Mohammed Khalil Hamed The Roads of Falling Cities Rahma Abdul Kareem Abbas Mohammed Abbas Abdul al-Hur Farid Hadi Abdul Zahra Ali al-Shaheen Tahseen al-Shaikhli A Guest for Mr. Axe Ali Abdul Majid Home No More Abdul Hadi Isma'il Hitting Back Omar Yousef Hussein Part Two An End to Exile Ayad Allawi Mithal al-Alusi The Coming of a War Within Abu Mustapha Azhar Abdul-Karim Abdul-Wahab Ahmed Ibrahim Abdul Wahab Ka'ab Zuhir Ahmed Saman Dlawer Hussein Old Foes Mohammed Ra'ad Ahmed The Edge of Battles Hayder Hamid Jawad Luay Ali Hussein Adel Rasheed Majeed A Saying About Luck Abdul Wahab Fuad Abdul Wahab Part Three A New Order Ali Jawad Kadhem Saddam Hatif Hatim al-Jabouri Sami Hilali Hayfa Kareem Sabi'a Rasim Hassan Haikel Moving Days Khail Ibrahim al-Nasir Um Omar Ibrahim Ishmael Khalil Yousef Aboud Ahmed and Anham Muhana Hasoon Ali Ibrahim Baher Khalid Adnan Khalid The Price of Sons Zaid Allwan Jafar Salim Kamel Shawal Questions and Answers Moustafa Ahmed al-Ta'ee Part Four The Mouths of Soldiers Sajad al-Hakim Wissam al-Rashied Saif Majeed al-Ta'ee A Visit to the Temple Hussein Radhi Zuboon House to House Captain Emad Zahra Ech'daf Sangur and Fackria Zugai'er Khata Paths to Safety Maysoon Mahdi Usra J'bara Hadi The Face of a Savior Ali Mohammed Hial Waking Up Sheik Hamid al-Hais Sheik Ahmed Buzai Abu Risha and Sheik Abdul Sattar Abu Risha Sheik Mustafa Kamil Hamad Shabeeb al-Jabouri Ahmed Basim Mohammed al-Abaje Laughing to Bucca Ra'ad Jamal Habib Part Five Keeping to the Neighborhood Ali Fahed Mahmood Less Than Whole Ali'a Anwer Majid Rana Abdul Mahdi Beloveds Lost and Found Maysoon Jahil Obeid Shiek Jamal Jassim Sudani Rajiha Jihad Jassim Entasar Abud Tahan Salma Hamid The Makings of Another Life Hamida Rahdi Salah Hassan Risn Badr al-Ruba'i Ala'a Alzobeidi Hayder Mohammed Jodah Salah Hamid Jasim Hassan Ali Acknowledgments