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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A Fist in the Hornet's Nest: On the Ground in Baghdad Before, During & After the War 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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.
Anonymous 11 months 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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