Night Draws Near by Anthony Shadid
Iraq's People in the Shadow of America's War

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From the only journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting from Iraq, here is a riveting account of ordinary people caught between the struggles

of nations

Like her country, Karima--a widow with eight children--was caught between America and Saddam. It was March 2003 in proud but battered Baghdad. As night drew near, she took her son to board a rickety bus to join Hussein's army. "God protect you," she said, handing him something she could not afford to give--the thirty-cent fare.

The Washington Post's Anthony Shadid also went to war in Iraq although he was neither embedded with soldiers nor briefed by politicians. Because he is fluent in Arabic, Shadid--an Arab American born and raised in Oklahoma--was able to disappear into the divided, dangerous worlds of Iraq. Day by day, as the American dream of freedom clashed with Arab notions of justice, he pieced together the human story of ordinary Iraqis weathering the terrible dislocations and tragedies of war.

Through the lives of men and women, Sunnis and Shiites, American sympathizers and outraged young jihadists newly transformed into martyrs, Shadid shows us the journey of defiant, hopeful, resilient Iraq. Moving from battle scenes to subdued streets enlivened only by the call to prayer, Shadid uses the experiences of his characters to illustrate how Saddam's downfall paved the way not only for democracy but also for an Islamic reawakening and jihad.

Night Draws Near--as compelling as it is human--is an illuminating and poignant account from a repoter whose coverage has drawn international attention and acclaim.

 

About Anthony Shadid

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ANTHONY SHADID (1968-2012), author of Night Draws Near, was an unparalleled chronicler of the human stories behind the news. He gained attention and awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, for his front-page reports in the Washington Post from Iraq. More recently, as Middle East correspondent for the New York Times, he covered the Arab Spring from Egypt to Libya (where he was held captive in March, 2011) to Syria. In 2010, he earned his second Pulitzer. Tragically, on February 16, 2012, he died while on assignment in Syria.
 
Published July 11, 2006 by Henry Holt and Co.. 530 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, War, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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One bit of confusion is voiced by a bright Shiite woman named Yasmine, who wonders how it could be that the Donald Rumsfeld who came to Baghdad in 1983 full of praise for the Baathist regime of Saddam could return 20 years later with news that Saddam was a font of evil in the modern world.

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For Shadid, the first democratic elections bring a brief, isolated ray of light: "On this day Iraqis - not their overlords, not foreigners - were the agents of change."

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The Washington Post

Indeed, through Shadid’s eyes, we see clearly the chasm between occupier and occupied — a rift that runs far deeper than the usual ethnic divisions between Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds that dominate U.S. debates about the country’s future.

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Columbia Journalism Review

I didn’t want to tell the story of the occupation, I didn’t want to tell the story of the American experience, I really wanted to chronicle the way ordinary people live in times that aren’t ordinary, and sometimes when you write that for a newspaper or for a book it can be very quiet writing — yo...

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