A Fist In the Hornet's Nest: On the Ground In Baghdad Before, During & After the War

A Fist In the Hornet's Nest: On the Ground In Baghdad Before, During & After the War

by Richard Engel


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When war broke out in Iraq, every major U.S. network pulled its correspondents from the scene. Despite the risk, Richard Engel stayed. As our tanks entered Baghdad in April 2003, he was there, bringing the Iraqi war into American homes as a stringer for ABC news. Determined to deliver the whole Middle East story, Engel moved to Cairo in 1996 after graduating from Stanford to learn 'street' Arabic. Then to dig even deeper into the complicated powder-keg of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, he settled in Jerusalem.

Now as Iraq enters its post-war phase and the Gulf region continues to dominate our nation's consciousness, more and more Americans will come to know and trust Richard Engel—especially in his current role as a correspondent for NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw. Both analytical and anecdotal, this book leads us through the war in Iraq, dissecting a myriad of Middle East issues, all from the vantage point of someone who is 'on the ground and in the streets' to get the real story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401301156
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 02/25/2004
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Richard Engel graduated from Stanford University in 1996 and moved to Cairo, where he reported on Middle Eastern affairs for the BBC and Voice of America. He is a correspondent for NBC News and works out of the Baghdad bureau. He also reports on events throughout the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Europe.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
DUCK AND COVER Richard Engel gives a good perspective on the arab world and the war. His qualities, such as being able to speak in arab gives much insight into everything he is writing about especially because he can learn more from the surrounding area. He isn't the typical reporter because throughout the novel he gives better perspective rather than those who jump to conclusions. This novel gave me insight to what soldiers go through during war and different views on war not just from the western civilization. He equivocates on the moral goodness of America as he tries to see war through the Iraqi point of view. At points I feel as if he was biased due to him being from America. Richard gave good insight on what it would be like before, during and after the war. He didn’t give as much insight into the culture as I wanted which led me to researching a lot afterwards. Richards writing style was good, it kept me going and I wasn’t boring like many others I have read. The way he described the people he was with as he got to know them better was good. Initially, I thought the book was going to be very boring, but I found it very amusing.
Randy_B More than 1 year ago
Richard Engel is someone I have seen on NBC numerous times, and have always enjoyed his reports and charisma. I saw this book in the mark down rack and decided to give it a chance. I was very impressed with what I found. Richard gives you a good sense of what it might be like to be on the ground before, during and after the initial conflict. He takes the time to let the reader see the human side of the war from the Iraqi people he worked with, and got to know while he was there. Richard Engel's writing style flows nicely and keeps your attention throughout. I read it in one setting and would reccomend it to anyone interested in seeing what the war is like from someone who was actually there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't really know what to expect, but I was surprised to find that I enjoyed this book. Peter Engel did a great job writing this book. I enjoyed his unbiased perspective of the war. He speaks of his relationship with some of the people in Iraq and how some of them felt about the war. I didn't expect to like it, but I really did.
SLuce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
About the Iraq war. He was in Bagdad through the beginning of the war and this gives his account. Interesting read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the detailed descriptions
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Auditman More than 1 year ago
Richard Engel give the journalist's perspective on both the Arab world and the war. The fact that he speaks Arabic and spent lots of time in the Middle East gives him more perspective than a regular reporter who just "parachutes" in. Having said that, I also feel he wasn't critical enough of the Muslim culture and the atrocities that often flow directly from it. He sometimes equivocates on the moral goodness of America as he tries to hard to see through the Iraqi viewpoint. He has led a colorful life and spins a good tale. Nice writing style. I learned a lot about how life was in Baghdad right at the time of the invasion. Like so many other writers/journalist/producers, he does seem to check pride in country/western civilization at the door, though.
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