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On the Hunt in Baghdad [Kindle Edition]

Michael J. Totten
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Book Description

In this classic riveting dispatch from Iraq, award-winning foreign correspondent Michael J. Totten embeds with a unit of battle-hardened American soldiers as they hunt the elusive terrorist commander Haji Jawad—who wore a suicide vest wherever he went—in the fetid slums of Sadr City, Baghdad, at midnight.

Michael J. Totten is a foreign correspondent and foreign policy analyst who has reported from the Middle East, the Balkans, and the Caucasus. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the New York Daily News, City Journal, LA Weekly, The Jerusalem Post, Beirut's Daily Star, Reason, Azure, and the Australian edition of Newsweek. He is a contributing editor at City Journal and writes regularly for Commentary. He lives with his wife and two cats in Portland, Oregon, and is a former resident of Beirut. Visit his Web site at www.MichaelTotten.com.


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About the Author

Michael J. Totten is an award-winning journalist and prize-winning author whose very first book, The Road to Fatima Gate, won the Washington Institute Book Prize.

He has taken road trips to war zones, sneaked into police states under false pretenses, dodged incoming rocket and mortar fire, stayed in some of the worst hotels ever built anywhere, slipped past the hostile side of a front line, been accused of being a spy, received death threats from terrorists, and been mugged by the cops. When he's not doing or writing about these things, he writes novels.

His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and The New Republic among numerous other publications, and he's a contributing editor at World Affairs and City Journal. He has reported widely from the Middle East, the former Soviet Union, Latin America, and the Balkans. A former resident of Beirut, he lives in Oregon with his wife and two cats.

Product Details

  • File Size: 71 KB
  • Print Length: 21 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Belmont Estate Books (October 27, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0060E496G
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to Totten's embedded journalism April 10, 2012
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This short description of a nighttime raid does stand-alone as a small, up-close look at a slice of Army life. But, it's more useful as an introduction to Michael Totten's embedded accounts, which are described in much more detail in his full-length "In the Wake of the Surge."

There are no gun battles or much violence in this account, but this is a good representation of what life was like in Baghdad in the 2007-08 timeframe - a lot of stress punctuated by brief moments of fear.

I was also embedded as a journalist in Iraq at some of the same times as Totten. My accounts are a lot like his, so I can speak to his credibility. This in-the-moment story brings readers right into the frustration US soldiers encountered. And - a good look at what the Iraqis had to deal with as well.

If you like this, you will certainly like "Wake of the Surge," or also Totten's excellent "Road to Fatima Gate," about Lebanon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing more than a plug for an upcoming book.... March 20, 2014
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Writing was good, but let's face it: trying to give away chapter one isn't going to make anyone want to buy the rest of the book. There's no hint that the rest is not just "and then this happened..and then this....and this..." Not enough here to build any reader-loyalty.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars decent quick little read March 10, 2012
By aqua123
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I was looking for a little more action, but for what it is, its a good quick insight to life in Baghdad. By no means is it a nail biter full of crazy action. I'm sure if you were in the authors shoes, it might seem pretty intense situations.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good military read April 12, 2014
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Good military read but average for an Iraq based novel. Enjoyed it but not a book that would keep you up all night to finish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good! April 4, 2014
By Fatima
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Good story! I really enjoyed reading this short book! I look forward to reading In The Wake of The Surge!
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4.0 out of 5 stars good read March 14, 2014
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It's was alright.........it had its moments that we're exciting and cool, but over all a good book. I recommend it
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2.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't what I expected February 12, 2014
By rmccall
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Maybe I didn't read the book description well. I thought it would be more to it. It was a good story nonetheless
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4.0 out of 5 stars good January 23, 2014
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interesting story lots of action. Story just keeps you from puting the book down.
Good book for action readers yippee
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More About the Author

Michael J. Totten is an award-winning journalist and prize-winning author whose very first book, The Road to Fatima Gate, won the Washington Institute Book Prize. His novel, Resurrection, has been optioned for film.

He has taken road trips to war zones, sneaked into police states under false pretenses, dodged incoming rocket and mortar fire, stayed in some of the worst hotels ever built anywhere, slipped past the hostile side of a front line, been accused of being a spy, received death threats from terrorists, and been mugged by the police in Egypt. When he's not doing or writing about these things, he writes novels.

His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and The New Republic among numerous other publications, and he's a contributing editor at World Affairs and City Journal. He has reported widely from the Middle East, the former Soviet Union, Latin America, and the Balkans. A former resident of Beirut, he lives in Oregon with his wife and two cats.

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