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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (June 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231156928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231156929
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #912,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Oral history is a difficult genre to master, and by taking the works of Studs Terkel as his example, Mark Kukis has set the bar even higher. Yet he succeeds brilliantly, not only by the aptness and vividness of these accounts but also by his selection of the interviewees.

(Ali A. Allawi, former Minister of Finance, Defense, and Trade of Iraq, and senior visiting fellow at Princeton University)

Amid the looting and the blood-letting in Baghdad, Mark Kukis salvages some treasures. Voices from Iraq is like nothing we've seen yet in the writing on the war—the stories of everyday survival weave a tapestry both illuminating and haunting. No serious study of the invasion and occupation can do without this book.

(Quil Lawrence, former NPR Baghdad Bureau chief and author of Invisible Nation: How the Kurds' Quest for Statehood Is Shaping Iraq and the Middle East)

An eloquent, well-selected narrative of the Iraqi invasion and devastating aftermath.Kirkus Reviews

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A moving account of the impact of war and occupation on ordinary people.

(Glenn C. Altschuler Minneapolis Star Tribune)

This book is necessary reading for any serious practitioner or student of small wars.

(Michael Few Small Wars Journal)

About the Author

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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nagato on June 28, 2011
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An amazing look at the other side of the American invasion of Iraq -- through the eyes of the Iraqi people we liberated from Saddam Hussein. By turns horrific and heartbreaking, the stories told to the author show the true consequences of the American intervention on the lives of ordinary people. This book is truly a must-read for anyone who hopes to understand what happened in Iraq.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 12, 2011
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A must read for all Americans! Very powerful. It isn't a comfortable read, but a necessary one. You will not be able to put it down. The "Awakening" in Iraq among the tribal Sheiks will open everyone's eyes. One sheik explained how he thinks we are hindered in our war on Al Queda. Many will be stunned by his assessment. Read this book to find out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By candeeg on June 17, 2011
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I found Mark Kukis's book Voices From Iraq an excellent read. It gave me a whole new perspective on the war in Iraq as well as some mixed emotions about the U.S. getting into the war. The people appeared real and genuine with Mark. Voices From Iraq gave me both information and emotion, a great combination! I look forward to his next book!
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While there are a lot of books about the most recent Iraq war, there are very few books that try and show the civilian side of the conflict. We all know the rough outline of the narrative--US invades, society breaks down, sectarian violence spins off into civil war, followed by a low hum of more targeted violence and unstableness that now characterizes life in "free" Iraq. Broad strokes; but what was history like for the average Iraq? Until now, few have told us their stories.

Voice from Iraq is an imperfect book, much as could be expected from a first oral history of the civilian side of the war. Author Mark Kukis interviewed those he could reach, restrained by the continuing violence in Iraq that threatened both him and his subjects. Consequently, more than a few of the subjects are Iraqis who worked for Western media outlets or who otherwise interacted with the Americans. However, Kukis, through friends of friends, did gain access to a number of more ordinary people, and it is in these interviews that the book shines. Tale after tale accumulates around you, like snow piling up: a son killed, a child murdered, a father kidnapped, a bombing, an assassination, a life ruined by torture. Before you realize it, you are drawn deeply into the horrific world we created in Iraq post-2003, forced to acknowledge our own complicity by the simple tone of the stories, the tellers too tired to embellish and too plain in their suffering to politicize what happened to them.

If journalism is the first draft of history, this is version 1.5. Readers interested in a 360 degree view of events in Iraq 2003-2009 should listen to these Voices.

Peter <...> We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People (American Empire Project)
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