Howling in Mesopotamia: An Iraqi-American Memoir

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ON JULY 14, 2003, I left Kuwait on a C-130 transport plane bound for Baghdad, the city of my ancestors and a place I had not been for thirteen years. Two nations could legitimately claim me as their native son. The first was the United States, where I was born and raised. The second was Iraq.So begins this groundbreaking memoir of hope and hardship. Hamoudi spent two years living in Iraq outside the relative safety of the Green Zone working to help rebuild a country he loves.The intimate stories he shares-from the momentous day Saddam Hussein's sons were killed, to the tragic killing of hundreds of civilians on one of Shi'a Islam's most holy days, and even the joyous occasion of Hamoudi's own wedding- invite the reader to experience a new side of the country that has featured so prominently in our nightly news. Hamoudi draws on his unique perspective as the American-born son of two Iraqis to bring new insight to the question: What went wrong in Iraq?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780825305481
  • Publisher: Beaufort Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/2/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Haider Ala Hamoudi grew up speaking fluent Arabic, attending classes in Islam, and visiting Baghdad every year. He has written for the Asia Times, the New York Law Journal, and other publications. He currently lives in Manhattan with his wife and teaches at Columbia University Law School.
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Table of Contents

Introduction     xi
Dream and Disillusionment
Summer 2003: A Time of Hope
Arrival     5
Baghdad     15
Najaf     21
The Hunting Club     28
The Question     32
Iraqi Politics     36
Assassination     41
Truth and Rumors in Baghdad     45
The Death of Two Dogs     48
A Walk on Saadoon Street     53
Gasoline     56
Kadhmiya     61
Winter 2003: Concerns Mount
Departure and Return     69
"We Got Him"     71
Rearrival     73
CPA Adrift     77
Finance Committee     79
Basra     82
Basra II     86
Basra III     90
Car     94
Suleymania     100
Suleymania II     102
Health Club     105
Generator     113
Attack on an Uncle     119
Two Conversations with My Neighbor     122
Ashura     125
Spring 2004: Failure
Falluja     133
Moqtada     137
One Year After the Fall     139
Abu Ghraib     143
American Embassy     145
Jogging     148
Victory of Sorts     154
Suleymania Redux     158
Mondays at the Reef     161
Yet I Remain     165
Food     168
Swimming Pool, Outdoors     173
Departure     177
Marriage, Election, and Beyond
Summer 2004: Hope and Despair
Return to Baghdad     185
The Suleymania Grind     188
Ali Beg     192
Flight from Baghdad     197
A New Development     199
Halabja     202
Sara     204
Conversations with Sara     206
Suleymania Departure     210
Final Descent into Baghdad     213
Stranded     216
Nuptial Preparations     219
Kandakher     222
New Year's Day     227
Engagement     232
Work     234
Final Extension     236
A Trip to Kirkuk     239
Pre-Election     245
Election Day     248
Request     250
Ho-Hum     252
University Invasion     255
Nawruz      258
Two-Year Anniversary     260
Ahmedawa     263
Wedding     267
Epilogue     271

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