Muqtada al-Sadr and the Fall of Iraq
Muqtada al-Sadr and the Fall of Iraq by Patrick Cockburn. With new material following renewed fighting by Muqtada’s army, this is the essential book on post-invasion Iraq.
We are temporarily only able to ship Faber Shop orders to addresses in the UK.
Muqtada al-Sadr’s men are killing more British troops than any other group in the world today. Cleric, militia leader and fiercely anti-American politician, Muqtada’s combination of nationalism and religious fervour appealed to countless angry and impoverished Shias, and as US control of Iraq disintegrates, the likelihood increases that he will assume total power in the Shia areas of the country.
In a compelling narrative, award winning war correspondent Patrick Cockburn charts Muqtada’s rise to power, his links with Hizbullah and the Iranians; and his confrontation with the American and British military. Cockburn has reported from Iraq since the 1970s (often at great personal risk), and combines first hand accounts of his investigations into Muqtada with vivid and dismaying reportage of the civil war now raging in a fractured country.
'Well-researched and very readable ... the many eyewitness accounts give the book a balanced presentation of the realities of Iraqi politics, and the author's own experience in reporting from Iraq add vivid colour and veracity to the text.'
'An even-handed account ... in dense but clear prose [Cockburn] unpicks the complex religious factionalism fuelling the grim conflagration of Iraqi society.'
[An] important book.
Patrick Cockburn made me realise afresh what a Pandora's box the West opened when it went into Iraq ... [he] gives intelligent answers.
Browse a selection of books we think you might also like, with genre matches and a few wildcards thrown in.