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Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood [Kindle Edition]

Justin Marozzi
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In Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood, celebrated young travelwriter-historian Justin Marozzi gives us a many-layered history of one of the world's truly great cities - both its spectacular golden ages and its terrible disasters



'Justin Marozzi is the most brilliant of the new generation of travelwriter-historians' - Sunday Telegraph



Over thirteen centuries, Baghdad has enjoyed both cultural and commercial pre-eminence, boasting artistic and intellectual sophistication and an economy once the envy of the world. It was here, in the time of the Caliphs, that the Thousand and One Nights were set. Yet it has also been a city of great hardships, beset by epidemics, famines, floods, and numerous foreign invasions which have brought terrible bloodshed. This is the history of its storytellers and its tyrants, of its philosophers and conquerors.



Here, in the first new history of Baghdad in nearly 80 years, Justin Marozzi brings to life the whole tumultuous history of what was once the greatest capital on earth.



Justin Marozzi is a Councillor of the Royal Geographic Society and a Senior Research Fellow at Buckingham University. He has broadcast for BBC Radio Four, and regularly contributes to a wide range of publications, including the Financial Times, for which he has worked in Iraq, Afghanistan and Darfur. His previous books include the bestselling Tamerlane: Sword of Islam, a Sunday Telegraph Book of the Year (2004), and The Man Who Invented History: Travels with Herodotus.


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Justin Marozzi is a Councillor of the Royal Geographic Society and a Senior Research Fellow at Buckingham University. He has broadcast for BBC Radio Four, and regularly contributes to a wide range of publications, including the Financial Times, for which he has worked in Iraq, Afghanistan and Darfur. His previous books include the bestselling Tamerlane: Sword of Islam, a Sunday Telegraph Book of the Year (2004), and The Man Who Invented History: Travels with Herodotus.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 35955 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0141047100
  • Publisher: Penguin (29 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K8J3VEA
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the money ! 19 Aug. 2014
By sgeoff
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Exceptionally good book, full of interest from first page to last, whether covering early days of Baghdad's civilisation and greatness or all the blunders, suffering, barbarism and chaos of more recent times. Marozzi is a gifted writer, and provides a vivid and readable history based on impressive research.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully heartbreaking book 4 Dec. 2014
By Wilbur
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Beautiful, captivating, fascinating and tragic. There are moments of joy and cultural explosions in Baghdad's history but they are brief. For what seems like centuries it suffers under the desires of rulers, empires and despots. A most compelling and heart breaking read,
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5.0 out of 5 stars A City Ruined By Western Blunders 17 Jun. 2014
By Dr Barry Clayton TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This excellent book comes out at a time when, thanks to Bush and Blair-the latter is still in denial, and continuing to be economical with the truth-the city of Baghdad is once more threatened this time by Sunni militia. As the title suggests, Baghdad is used to blood.

For over 500 years Baghdad was the glittering jewel of the Islamic world; the heart of the Islamic caliphate. While the West was in the Dark Ages, it was home to leading poets, astronomers and physicians.
The author reminds us that the city was :'the pinnacle of intellectual, artistic and technological achievement on earth'.
Many of these achievements were astonishing, for example, calculating the length of the Mediterranean, and pi to 16 decimal places.

Marozzi has written an absorbing history of this fascinating city, one made famous for many in the West by stories from the Arabian Nights. The author has lived in the city for 10 years so knows it intimately. This Arabian tale, unfortunately, has no happy ending.

Founded in 762, Baghdad was predominately a Christian city despite its founder being a Sunni caliph. Soon, however, violence became all too common. A Mongol army destroyed the city in 1258 leaving thousands dead. In 1401, Tamerlane killed some 90,000. A succession of attacks from Muslims led to the massacre of thousands in the 19th century.

In 1919 Iraq was taken over by the British. In 1932 we granted Iraq independence. In 1933 the Iraqi miltary massacred the people of the Simayl, a Christian village, and Jews were slaughtered in 1941 with ' unfathomable cruelty'.
The tyrant Saddam Hussein seized power and committed acts of unspeakable cruelty, acts that the author details.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good research. 8 Aug. 2014
By suheila
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I enjoined reading this book specially I am from the same background. Very good research.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 26 Aug. 2014
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Erudite, scholarly and highly textured. A fascinating read.
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