Middle East Studies
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The Real Story of the War in Iraq – Reporting From Beyond the Green Zone
- ISBN: 9780745324654
- Extent: 200pp
- Release Date: 20 Aug 2005
- Size: 230mm x 150mm
- Format: Hardback
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- Category: Middle East Studies
The Baghdad Bulletin was essential reading in the first few months after the end of the war. ... I am only sorry that I cannot read it anymore. David Enders and his team were brave, enterprising and idealistic." Rt. Hon. Ann Clwyd, MP
"David Enders has a stunning independent streak and the courage to trust his own perceptions as he reports from outside the bubble Americans have created for themselves in Iraq." Joe Sacco, author of 'Safe Area Gorazde' and 'Palestine'
"Baghdad Bulletin takes us where mainstream news accounts do not go. Disrupting the easy cliches that dominate US journalism, Enders blows away the media fog of war." Norman Soloman, author of 'War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death'
"Journalism at its finest and on a shoestring to boot." Pratap Chatterjee, CorpWatch
"Young and tenacious, Dave Enders went, saw and wrote it down. Here it is -- a well-informed and detailed tale of Iraq's decline under American rule." Christian Parenti, Nation correspondent
Baghdad Bulletin is a street-level account of the invasion and occupation of Iraq as seen through the eyes of the young independent journalist David Enders. Enders recounts his decision to go to Iraq, where he opened the only English-language newspaper completely written, printed and distributed there during the invasion.
Young, courageous and anti-authoritarian, Enders is the first reporter to cover the war as experienced by ordinary Iraqis. Deprived of the press credentials that gave his embedded colleagues access to press conferences and officially-sanitised information, he tells the story of a different war, outside the Green Zone. It is a story in which the struggle of everyday life is interspersed with moments of sheer terror and absurdity: wired American troops train their guns on terrified civilians; travelling clowns wreak havoc in a Baghdad police station.
Orphans and intellectuals, activists and insurgents, Baghdad Bulletin depicts the unseen complexity of Iraqi society and gives us a powerful glimpse of a new kind of warfare, one that co-exists with -- and sometimes tragically veers into -- the everyday rhythms of life.
About The Author
David Enders is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he edited the school newspaper, the Michigan Daily. He was editor of the now-defunct Baghdad Bulletin, the only English-language newspaper to be printed in Baghdad after the invasion. He has worked as a stringer for numerous American and Arab newspapers.