The Devil You Don't Know: Going Back to Iraq

Overview

"What really comes through and is startlingly refreshing are al-Jezairy?s encounters with ordinary Iraqis . . . during the American occupation. Through them come all the extraordinary Iraqi stories that have been so hard for Westerners to capture all these years." Rageh Omaar

In 1979, journalist Zuhair al-Jezairy fled Iraq and certain death after openly criticizing Saddam Hussein?s regime. Twenty-five years later he is back and cautiously celebrating the toppling of the hated ...

See more details below
Paperback
$14.39
BN.com price
(Save 9%)$15.95 List Price
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (16) from $1.99   
  • New (5) from $8.98   
  • Used (11) from $1.99   
Sending request ...

Overview

"What really comes through and is startlingly refreshing are al-Jezairy’s encounters with ordinary Iraqis . . . during the American occupation. Through them come all the extraordinary Iraqi stories that have been so hard for Westerners to capture all these years." Rageh Omaar

In 1979, journalist Zuhair al-Jezairy fled Iraq and certain death after openly criticizing Saddam Hussein’s regime. Twenty-five years later he is back and cautiously celebrating the toppling of the hated Ba’ath Party.

As editor of a newspaper, he breaks the Oil for Food scandal, disclosing the names of Arabs and Westerners who were involved, and is subsequently forced to resign. He then sets up a television company and travels all over Iraq, documenting the country’s descent into sectarianism and hopeless violence, soon becoming a target himself.

Al-Jezairy’s firsthand accounts of the looting of Baghdad, the destruction of government buildings, and indiscriminate bombings present a searing, personal, and unique view of Iraq after Saddam Hussein.

Zuhair al-Jezairy lives in Iraq, where he manages the country’s first independent news agency, Voice of Iraq. He has published nine books, including two novels, in Arabic.

John West is a journalist and a graduate in classics from Balliol College, Oxford. He has covered three wars in the Middle East as a correspondent for Reuters.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this arresting memoir, journalist al-Jezairy returns to his native Iraq after 25 years in exile to found a newspaper and direct a news agency. Al-Jezairy's prose elegantly captures who and what he finds upon returning after the fall of the Ba'athist regime. The site of his first kiss, his mother's former bed, and the veranda from which he once watched his son board the school bus swirl with present-day reflections of fear, destruction, and death. Al-Jezairy's voice solidifies over the course of the book, mirroring his journey from the disorientation of return to the purpose of bearing witness. With only occasional direct mention of the Americans, the references to their presence bring powerful and necessary insights: "What good is freedom of expression, or the right to vote, if you don't have… the freedom to send your children to school without being afraid that they will be kidnapped?" The author struggles at times with maintaining clarity, but the blending of eras and the focus on intimate moments that unfold free of logic feel honest and human. "What is happening is so strange there is no connection to, or precedent in, the past." (June)
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780863566493
  • Publisher: Saqi Books
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 549,213
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Zuhair al-Jezairy is founding editor of independent news agency Voice of Iraq. He is the author of two novels, The Edge of Judgement and The Frightened and the Frightening (both published by Al Adab). John West is a journalist and a graduate of Classics from Balliol College, Oxford. He has covered three wars in the Middle East as a correspondent for Reuters.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)