A serious and sophisticated work of political history...Highly recommended.
Sluglett's book remains the best general introduction to the early history of modern Iraq and it is good that it is now available again.
(D.K. Fieldhouse The International History Review
An engaging and lucid portrait.
(Priya Satia H-Albion
Peter Sluglett's book is mandatory reading not only by scholars but by everyone interested in the present-day invasion of Iraq and its extraordinary consequences.
(William Roger Louis, University of Texas at Austin)