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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)

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The only book of its kind—a raw look at the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq, told entirely from the perspective of Iraqis.

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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: 6.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #428,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I teach a course on the history of American involvement in the Middle East, and I will use this book in the future for my students. It is such a powerful and moving account of human suffering and human resilience. The Iraqis who spoke with Mark Kukis reflect a range of opinions, from strong supporters of the ousting of Saddam to those who lived well under the old regime. The book reveals the nightmare of the sectarian war which consumed the country, and it is difficult to read at times. But I recommend this book to any one who wants to understand more about what happened in Iraq and what the future might bring.
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