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Award-winning broadcast journalist and public radio correspondent Michael Goldfarb has written the most stirring narrative to emerge from the Second Gulf War. It travels to the frontlines of battle and into the hearts of two men from different cultures whose intimate friendship and mutual passion for freedom can inspire us all. Ahmad's War, Ahmad's Peace is the author's tr Award-winning broadcast journalist and public radio correspondent Michael Goldfarb has written the most stirring narrative to emerge from the Second Gulf War. It travels to the frontlines of battle and into the hearts of two men from different cultures whose intimate friendship and mutual passion for freedom can inspire us all. Ahmad's War, Ahmad's Peace is the author's tribute to Ahmad Shawkat, the Iraqi Kurd who served as Goldfarb's translator during "Major Combat Operations." Under an oppressive regime, Ahmad worked to promote freedom of expression. Goldfarb recounts his powerful yet all-too-brief relationship with Ahmad and introduces readers to the life of a true hero. Eighteen years old when the Ba'ath Party seized control in Iraq, Ahmad intimately and poetically describes his imprisonment and torture twice by Saddam Hussein's regime. Ahmad was banished from his hometown of Mosul for his political writings, and just as he began to taste freedom with the fall of Saddam and his large family's return home, Ahmad was murdered for publicly decrying Islamic terror in newspaper editorials that he began to publish. Ahmad's story of one heroic man will forever change our perception of what all Iraqis have suffered and continue to endure.


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Award-winning broadcast journalist and public radio correspondent Michael Goldfarb has written the most stirring narrative to emerge from the Second Gulf War. It travels to the frontlines of battle and into the hearts of two men from different cultures whose intimate friendship and mutual passion for freedom can inspire us all. Ahmad's War, Ahmad's Peace is the author's tr Award-winning broadcast journalist and public radio correspondent Michael Goldfarb has written the most stirring narrative to emerge from the Second Gulf War. It travels to the frontlines of battle and into the hearts of two men from different cultures whose intimate friendship and mutual passion for freedom can inspire us all. Ahmad's War, Ahmad's Peace is the author's tribute to Ahmad Shawkat, the Iraqi Kurd who served as Goldfarb's translator during "Major Combat Operations." Under an oppressive regime, Ahmad worked to promote freedom of expression. Goldfarb recounts his powerful yet all-too-brief relationship with Ahmad and introduces readers to the life of a true hero. Eighteen years old when the Ba'ath Party seized control in Iraq, Ahmad intimately and poetically describes his imprisonment and torture twice by Saddam Hussein's regime. Ahmad was banished from his hometown of Mosul for his political writings, and just as he began to taste freedom with the fall of Saddam and his large family's return home, Ahmad was murdered for publicly decrying Islamic terror in newspaper editorials that he began to publish. Ahmad's story of one heroic man will forever change our perception of what all Iraqis have suffered and continue to endure.

30 review for Ahmad's War, Ahmad's Peace: Surviving Under Saddam, Dying in the New Iraq

  1. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    I bought this book for $0.50 at Garden Ridge. Seriously. I am saddened that it even ended up on that table, but what a find for me. If you are seeking a book that gives you a rare glimpse into life in Iraq before and after the fall of Saddam, I doubt you can find a better read. Michael Goldfarb is a wonderful journalist who reveals the life of one Iraqi, who served as his translator, in intimate detail. The hopes and fears of one man who understands and craves democracy juxtaposed with the curre I bought this book for $0.50 at Garden Ridge. Seriously. I am saddened that it even ended up on that table, but what a find for me. If you are seeking a book that gives you a rare glimpse into life in Iraq before and after the fall of Saddam, I doubt you can find a better read. Michael Goldfarb is a wonderful journalist who reveals the life of one Iraqi, who served as his translator, in intimate detail. The hopes and fears of one man who understands and craves democracy juxtaposed with the current mindset of the average Iraqi creates a story unlike any other. God speed, Ahmad. Thank you Michael Goldfarb for sharing the story of your most "intimate" friend.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lynne

    It was interesting and disturbing to revisit the time just prior to our invasion of Iraq and the lawless period just afterward through the experience of an Iraqi Kurd. Ahmad Shawkat was a displaced intellectual who became an interpreter for the author while he was working for NPR. The history of the rise of Saddam Hussein and the Arab Ba'ath Party was instructive...made me realize how under the radar this whole movement was (to us), and how unknown to this day are the writings of Michel 'Aflaq i It was interesting and disturbing to revisit the time just prior to our invasion of Iraq and the lawless period just afterward through the experience of an Iraqi Kurd. Ahmad Shawkat was a displaced intellectual who became an interpreter for the author while he was working for NPR. The history of the rise of Saddam Hussein and the Arab Ba'ath Party was instructive...made me realize how under the radar this whole movement was (to us), and how unknown to this day are the writings of Michel 'Aflaq its principal theorist. The author's anger at the end of the book overtook his journalism and became a diatribe against the Bush administration.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Andy Weiss

    A wonderful find that taught me much about what journalists do and risk, about the Iraq War and current events, and about a wonderful and curious soul born on the other side of the planet but about the same time as me. Curious how similar, and all at once, how different we all are. An unlikely friendship in a world of divisions and misunderstandings. Michael Goldfarb's prose are an invitation to read and the style allowed Mr. Shawkat to speak his poetry again and forever. Well worth the read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    1. Poorly written. 2. The second half of the book turned into a political diatribe. The author did not do enough research to make a strong argument. Thus, he took the easy way out and blamed George W. Bush for everything. 3. The scariest part is that this man is a journalist. He can barely write and he works for NPR?! I definitely do not recommend this book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    Required reading in college. Informative but not my favorite

  6. 4 out of 5

    T.S.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

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    Aladdin Elaasar

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    Amanda Hall

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    Megan Turner

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    Nazan Bautista

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    Mimi

  14. 4 out of 5

    Gillian Corderoy

  15. 4 out of 5

    Michele

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    Kara

  17. 5 out of 5

    Curious Squid

  18. 5 out of 5

    Yasmin

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

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    Anna

  21. 5 out of 5

    Laurag

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

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    Justin

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    Mark Dyer

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    Bing

  26. 5 out of 5

    Saz

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kerry Anne

  28. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    Very disturbing in parts but enlightening as to what the people in Iraq have been through

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mary Danielle Isip

  30. 5 out of 5

    Stefan Linder

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