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Baghdad Solitaire by Leslie Cockburn

Baghdad Solitaire

by Leslie Cockburn

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This book brought back memories of my experiences with situations in Iraq. Ms Cockburn's descriptions of sights, clothing, smells, food, the people took me right back there. While written as a work of fiction, much of it was indeed true. There was a lot of corruption by US officials, including US military. Dr McGuiness, the main character, isn't always sure who is the good guy and who is the bad guy, among both the Americans and the Iraqis. There are characters of both nationalities who risk their lives to expose the truth. It is a suspenseful book with plenty of action. Among all the fighting and horror, there is the character of Laela who well represents the fragile beauty of the people. I didn't give five stars because I really would have liked other characters to have been more developed. I loved Hassan and he was well written. But I thought there could have been more on Sadoon and his family. Perhaps more from Dr Husseini. But overall, it is a very good read exposing some parts of the war people don't know about and revealing the personalities of the Iraqi people. Well done! ( )
  BettyTaylor56 | Dec 18, 2013 |
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