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Birding Babylon: A Soldier's Journal from Iraq Hardcover – 12 May 2006


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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (12 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578051312
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578051311
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 1.3 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,333,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Werkhoven on 29 Nov. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I had expected a great deal from Birding Babylon, but unfortunately this (much too) little book is extremely disappointing. Jonathan Trouern-Trend just is not a very gifted writer. He gives very few clear descriptions of his locations, the Iraqi countryside or the people he meets, nor does he write much about his personal experiences or feelings. Also the birds are left with very little commentary and only receive extremely brief descriptions. For anyone without any knowledge of birds, it is totally useless. There are no photographs of the birds, and the little drawings are randomly divided over the pages. All in all this book is not an interesting read - it is more of an extended list of sightings, than a book.
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Excellent little pocket book. Bought this as a gift, but I read it too. Beautiful, positive, and heart-warming
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Inspiration and hope from a soldier's birding journal 10 April 2006
By NatureLover - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a lovely book--What inspired me about Jonathan's observations was that they brought home the reality that those whom we send to war take all their human passions and loves with them. Too often we think of soldiers as 'just' soldiers--and this book reminds us how wrong we are when we do that. The author's journal entries show us a world full of nature's resilience, and we don't only learn about the birds of Iraq, we see another side of a soldier's life overseas. I'd highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in birding, or who wants a view of Iraq that is different from what we see on the nightly news. And for anyone who needs a healthy dose of inspiration, this is a great read too--when was the last time you read something about Iraq that made you hopeful?
And you can't beat the price--I'm buying a couple copies as gifts for friends, and definitely one for my dad for Father's Day.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Birding Babylon-Simple Beauty in Wartime 17 Aug. 2006
By Beth Hall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a small, beautiful book. The natural phenonomena and bird-life that Jonathan Trouern-Trend desribes with such simple elegance in Birding Babylon is both comforting and poignent as it all takes place in Iraq near the beginning of our most recent conflict there.

I salute Mr. Trouern-Trend, both as a fellow "birder" as well as a poet. His writing is spare and unembelished, yet the warm sentiment he awakens in the naturalist' heart is undeniable. Here, again, poignance was the feeling he inspired, as well as admiration for a job well-done.

I love this little book. I bought 3 more copies as soon as I read it to give to friends.

Thank you, Sergeant Trouern-Trend. I salute you! Beth Hall, San Diego, CA
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A nice perspective on a terrible war 12 Jun. 2006
By Charlotte K. Omoto - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Because I am a birder, a friend bought me this book. It is perfectly aimed, not a pure birding, and no ranting about the war. Shows the power of nature and appreciation of nature to put a lovely perspective on even the most ugliest of wars. I wanted to know what the birds he referred to looked like so am ordering the birds of the middle east. one might wish photos or more realistic drawing of the birds, but I think that would detract from the journal-like nature of this cute little book.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
I love this book 4 May 2006
By NYreader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is great! Part birding journal, part soldier's diary, and fully a reminder that Iraq isn't just a place on a map or in the newspaper. It's a quick read and you really get the feeling that you are just reading the author's notebook that he had in his back pocket while on patrol--really interesting. There's also a list of the 122 species that he saw while in Iraq, which was very enlightening--it's not just a desolate war-torn area over there--there are real signs of life! And the book itself is a really pretty hardcover book; there are even illustrations of all the different birds he saw.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Enjoyed hearing about his birding experiences in Iraq 1 May 2007
By Terry Mingle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Being a bird enthusiast, AND having a son in the US Army inspired me to buy (and read) this book. I had originally bought it to give to my son (who enjoyed watching birds...mostly raptors....as a child), I decided to read it myself and was amazed at the species of birds this soldier was seeing over there. Sounds like (in addition to his mission) he did have some downtime and had some positive things to say about the region, which was nice. It has to be hard to be away from your family and friends for so long....and Jonathan found a way to stay busy and keep upbeat. Kudos to him, and God Bless our military!
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