Horwitz has the touch, the ability to astutely capture the ludicrous essence of an experience while filling in all the pertinent socio-historic details. He chews qat with the Yemenis, plays soccer with the Sudanese Dinka refugees and listens to an endless refrain of "You are the perfume of Iraq, oh Saddam" in Baghdad. Horwitz' eye and wit are equally sharp, and his book is an exceptionally good read. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Horwitz ( One for the Road , Random, 1988), now a Wall Street Journal reporter, covered the Middle East in the late 1980s and returned to Baghdad in August 1990 following the invasion of Kuwait. With a sense of humor and eye for detail, he presents the turbulent Middle East from the vantage point of the "man in the street," whom we meet in traditional Yemeni villages, sophisticated Cairo, regimented Libya, disintegrating Sudan, a luxury hotel in the United Arab Emirates, and a seedy Baghdad nightclub. Among other adventures, the author attends the funeral of the Ayatollah Khomeini in Tehran. A Jewish American, he shows empathy for Arabs in the Middle East. The Kuwait crisis will focus attention on the two chapters on Iraq. In comparison with Christopher Dickey's Ex pats ( LJ 6/15/90) and Charles Glass's Tribes with Flags ( LJ 4/1/90), Horwitz's book better captures the point of view of the average person and covers more territory, omitting only Syria from his itinerary. A valuable and timely acquisition for public libraries.
- James Rhodes, Luther Coll . , Decorah, Ia.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
After reading Blue Latitudes and Confederates in the Attic I was hopeful that this held up considering the change of the region. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Clev Landers
Anything Tony Horwitz writes is a trip ... no pun intended. I love seeing new places through the eyes of someone else. He can be laugh out loud.Published 6 months ago by Joan Altgelt
Engaging , clever , interesting. Horowitz is one of a kind. His works are quite unique. His views are fascinating and informative, a true genius.Published on September 2, 2013 by Donald Antaky
Really enjoyed this book. Having lived and traveled in the Middle East for 18 years, I could imagine myself in the same "misadventures". Great read!Published on July 22, 2013 by C. Gonz
Tony Horwitz has created a miasma that can only be compared to an Abbot and Costello movie from the 1940s. Read morePublished on July 17, 2013 by Larry Rochelle
I have not yet read it so can not judge it. Have been told it is good. I can tell you laterPublished on June 6, 2013 by margaret
Baghdad Without A Map is the first book by American journalist and writer, Tony Horwitz. This book describes Horwitz's experiences with the locals in various Middle East countries... Read morePublished on January 29, 2013 by Cloggie Downunder