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The war we could not stop : the real story of the battle for Iraq
Ramesh, Randeep.
Publication Information:
New York : Thunder's Mouth Press, 2004.

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xiv, 303 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
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Originally published: London : Faber & Faber, 2003.
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DS79.76 .W395 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The War We Could Not Stop, though written against the clock and without the benefit of either official papers or hindsight, is more than a simple eyewitness history. Suzanne Goldenberg pitched up in Baghdad in the third week of January. She left 89 days later having seen the most devastating attack on any city in modern times. Other reporters traveled with the coalition troops on ship and on land. At one point the Guardian and Observer between them had a dozen reporters and photographers inside Iraq. No future history of the war will be possible without reference to the daily dispatches of these and other journalists. Half a dozen reporters in America and three Arabic speakers around the region brought different perspectives. Defense, diplomatic, environmental, and political correspondents all played their parts. Toward the end of the fighting some peeled off from day-to-day writing to re-interview some of the central players in a story that had shaken the world. Millions of Americans flooded to the Guardian Unlimited website over the past months in search of a texture and range of both reporting and comment they felt lacking in the United States. This book provides a comprehensive narrative of that reporting.

Table of Contents

Alan Rusbridger
Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Cast of charactersp. xiii
1 Crossroads in the desertp. 3
2 Disunited nationsp. 23
3 Blair's moment of truthp. 42
4 The first casualtyp. 57
5 The home frontp. 71
6 Liberationp. 81
7 Baghdad bombedp. 103
8 Holy warp. 122
9 Far from overp. 138
10 Deep southp. 151
11 The endp. 161
12 Burning and lootingp. 178
13 Soldiering onp. 187
14 Unfinished businessp. 205
15 Arab angerp. 221
16 War gamesp. 238
17 Despatchesp. 252
18 The hot warp. 266
Timelinep. 277
The language of warp. 287