Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
War Journal: My Five Years in Iraq Paperback – January 15, 2011
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
*Starred Review* Anyone who has followed television coverage of the Iraq War knows NBC’s Engel. As chronicled in his first book, A Fist in the Hornet’s Nest (2004), he snuck into Baghdad as a freelance journalist to report on “shock and awe.” This is what he’s seen in the five years since, and while some readers will want to turn away from the horror and brutality, Engel bears witness to what has been done to the people of Iraq and what they are doing to each other. Reported in an almost herky-jerky manner, as befitting a journalist who hears gunfire as a lullaby, this memoir offers stunning testimony of man’s inhumanity to man and, perhaps even more forcefully, of the havoc that our most firmly held ideals, whether about democracy or religion, can wreak on human lives. Underlying the mayhem is Engel’s contention, amply proven throughout, that Iraq is the embodiment of the Law of Unintended Consequences. Encouraging democracy in a country that is 60 percent Shiite, the U.S gave Iran everything it wanted, by way of the clerics who, all along, have had their own plan for Iraq. A fascinating chapter chronicles Engel’s meeting with a well-informed George Bush, who is comfortable saying we will need troops in Iraq for 40 years Whether describing IED attacks, kidnappings, or soldiers’ hardships—or pondering how to hold onto one’s humanity in hell—Engel writes with heartbreaking weariness. This is required reading for anyone who wants to know what’s really going on “over there.” --Ilene Cooper --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Richard Engel is the award winning Chief-Foreign Correspondent for NBC and has been in the Middle East war zone for over twenty years. He is the author of And Then All Hell Broke Loose, War Journal, and A Fist in the Hornet’s Nest.
Browse award-winning titles. See more
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top Customer Reviews
Very detailed descriptions of the Iraqi temporary govt setup (interim constitution, elections, how the Shi'ites won the election, etc) and lots of insight about the various factions of Islam, their infighting, Arab culture and Islam accompany many events (eg, the assassination attempt on Hussein during Eid al-Adha).
Sometimes a little gory but necessary to understand the situation.
It's obvious that Engel is anti-George W. Bush and against the War in Iraq, and views the whole situation from the VietNam War journalist (of which he was not) that no matter what the govt and military is lying to the press.
He really tends to lose his credibility when he resorts to buzzwords like "neocon" when trying to establish a point.
But, that being said, he articulates his points well and is easy to read. Definitely a good read.
My dad's a retired Army Colonel and reads a ton of biographical, fiction and non-fiction military books, mostly centered on the Vietnam and Korean wars, and he's picky about his authors. I was a little hesitant about picking something for him from something so contemporary, but I just admire Richard Engel's reporting so much, I thought I'd give it a chance.
My dad generally humors me and wouldn't tell me if he disliked something I bought him (as an example, I bought him Colin Powell's biography a few years back and he hated it, but never told me), so I never expected him to say anything, but about a week after Christmas, my mother called to tell me that he had picked up the book and the day before and was hardly putting it down. I finally had a chance to speak with him a bit later on and he said it was just an excellent, intelligent, unbiased and engrossing book. He hadn't expected to be interested in the conflict in Iraq as a war story at all, but Engel's writing was so vivid and his reporting was so exacting that he found he enjoyed the book as much as he enjoyed the other books that he usually read on topics that he was personally familiar with.
So since I got a big huge thumbs up from my very picky military father about the quality and enjoyability of this book, and since I personally also love Richard Engel's reporting and writing and I've had a chance to start the book myself now, I have to give this book a great review from my dad and a great starting off review from me.