The Triumph of the Martyrs: A Reporter's Journey into Occupied Iraq

The Triumph of the Martyrs: A Reporter's Journey into Occupied Iraq

by Nir Rosen
     
 

ISBN-10: 1597971847

ISBN-13: 9781597971843

Pub. Date: 03/31/2008

Publisher: Potomac Books


“He is one of the few Western journalists to get inside the Sunni insurgency, and his book contains a memorable portrait, among other things, of Fallujah under the chaotic rule of the mujahideen.” The New York Review of Books “Represents brave reportage and significantly increases our understanding of what Rosen describes as…  See more details below

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“He is one of the few Western journalists to get inside the Sunni insurgency, and his book contains a memorable portrait, among other things, of Fallujah under the chaotic rule of the mujahideen.” The New York Review of Books “Represents brave reportage and significantly increases our understanding of what Rosen describes as an already raging civil war.” Publishers Weekly “If you want to gain a better understanding and tangible feel, on a pragmatic, smell-of-the-streets level, of the cause-and-effect cycle of coalition actions upon the Iraqi people, then Rosen’s book is a good place to start.” Washington Monthly Journalist Nir Rosen unabashedly chronicles the violent shift of Iraq from the toppled regime symbolized by Saddam’s fallen statue to a country holding its first elections in 2005 while descending into civil war. Fluent in Iraqi-accented Arabic, Rosen moved beyond the Green Zone and infiltrated the inner world of the average Iraqi during his one-and-a-half year stint. He bravely experienced the Iraqis’ plight and articulates in The Triumph of the Martyrs the factors contributing to their suffering, notably the palpable tension between the Iraqis and the Americans and the bitter divisions between the Sunnis and the Shi’as. To give proper voice to these dissensions, Rosen interviewed emerging sect leaders; joined Shi’as on their annual pilgrimage; and spoke with Iraqi civilians about their experiences with American soldiers and why they so vehemently oppose the occupation. Rosen’s risky reportage, however, also brought him to the brink of death, with suspicious Iraqis interrogating him at gunpoint and bombs exploding dangerously close to his living quarters. In his account of the chaotic fledgling republic, Rosen fluidly permeates the boundaries among its warring sides. The Triumph of the Martyrs is the first paperback edition of the book published in hardcover in 2006 as In the Belly of the Green Bird.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597971843
Publisher:
Potomac Books
Publication date:
03/31/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


Cast of Characters     ix
Introduction     1
The Triumph of the Martyrs: April 2003     7
The New Mongols: Summer-Fall 2003     35
If They're Not Guilty Now, They Will Be Next Time: Fall 2003     67
Iraq v. Iraq: Spring 2004     97
The Heart of the Resistance: Falluja, Summer 2004     135
The Rise of Zarqawi: Fall 2004     169
Elections: January 2005     189
Republic of Fear     221
Afterword     239
Glossary     249
Acknowledgments     253
Index     255
About the Author     273

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