7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Really not that great,
This review is from: Ancient Iraq (Penguin History) (Paperback)
I bought this book first on the weight of the other reviews to read as a primer to the subject. Unfortunately i found the style difficult to read with a heavy reliance on terms and concepts that are not adequately explained before use.
A far better primer is Marc Van De Mieroop A History of the Ancient Near East which reads more like a text book but is helpful in explaining the significance of large finds etc before relying on them for evidence.
After research elsewhere Ancient Iraq has become easier to read but then misses some interesting arguments found in other texts (possibly the result of research made after the book's publication). It is an interesting book and Georges Roux is undoubtedly an interesting author however i dont think it should be the first stop when looking into the subject. other, more modern texts do a better and more objective job.