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ISBN: 0786715154
Author: Michael Goldfarb
Language: English
Publisher: Carroll & Graf; 1st Carroll & Graf Ed edition (July 10, 2005)
Pages: 336
Category: Leaders & Notable People
Subcategory: Biography
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 538
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As told by Michael Goldfarb, a British journalist in Iraq to cover the war, the story is both beautiful and heartbreaking

As told by Michael Goldfarb, a British journalist in Iraq to cover the war, the story is both beautiful and heartbreaking. Going behind the scenes, Mr. Goldfarb shows us the life in Iraq from the perspective of a native. Very few books remain neutral on the subject of Iraq War. Goldfarb manages to do so well. I highly recommend picking this one up.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 339-340) and index

Includes bibliographical references (p. 339-340) and index. The public radio personality tells the story of his Kurdish translator, Ahmad Shawkat, who survived imprisonment and torture by Iraqi secret police only to be killed by unknown gunmen in Mosul after the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime.

As told by Michael Goldfarb, a British journalist in Iraq to cover the war, the story is both beautiful and heartbreaking

As told by Michael Goldfarb, a British journalist in Iraq to cover the war, the story is both beautiful and heartbreaking.

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AHMAD'S WAR, AHMAD'S PEACE Surviving Under Saddam, Dying in the New Iraq

AHMAD'S WAR, AHMAD'S PEACE Surviving Under Saddam, Dying in the New Iraq. 354 pp. Carroll & Graf. Michael Goldfarb, until recently a reporter for National Public Radio, has written a book about one of those Iraqis, Ahmad Shawkat, who was willing to fight, and to die, for the opportunities presented by the American intervention. It is a sad and necessary book that distills all of the country's blighted hopes in one man. Shawkat, a cantankerous Iraqi intellectual, was one of the good guys. Ahmad's War, Ahmad's Peace" is part memoir, part biography. It opens in March 2003, in the northern city of Erbil, on the eve of the invasion.

Ahmad's War, Ahmad's Peace is the author's tribute to Ahmad Shawkat, the Iraqi Kurd who served . com User, February 2, 2007. Ahmad's War, Ahmad's Peace: Surviving Under Saddam, Dying In New Iraq is an outstanding book that inspires and educates.

Ahmad's War, Ahmad's Peace is the author's tribute to Ahmad Shawkat, the Iraqi Kurd who served as Goldfarb's translator during. The story centers around the United States' invasion of Iraq and the subsequent overthrow of Saddam Hussein and Ahmad Shawkat, an Iraqi Kurd. Ahmad is an intellectual, a reader, a writer, a husband, and a father.

Ahmad’s War, Ahmad’s Peace: Surviving Under Saddam, Dying in the New Iraq Michael Goldfarb Carroll & Graf Publishers.

Michael Goldfarb was born in New York City and grew up in suburban Philadelphia. Ahmad's War, Ahmad's Peace: Surviving Under Saddam, Dying in the New Iraq New York: Carroll & Graf; Enfield: 2006. Upon graduating Antioch College, he returned to New York to work as an actor. Under the name Michael Govan he appeared in productions at Long Wharf Theatre and Arena Stage. In 1984-85 he was a founding member of the Pearl Theatre Company in Manhattan. In November 1985, Goldfarb moved to London to pursue a career in journalism. He has reported from 25 countries on five continents. ISBN 9780786717743, OCLC 69485089.

From public radio journalist Michael Goldfarb comes the most stirring narrative to emerge from the Second Gulf War, from the frontlines of battle, to the home of an Iraqi Kurdish family, and into the hearts of two men from different cultures whose friendship and passion for freedom will inspire all. Ahmad’s War, Ahmad’s Peace is Goldfarb’s moving tribute to Ahmad Shawkat, the Iraqi Kurd who served as his translator during “Major Combat Operations,” whose life’s work was to promote freedom, and who was ultimately murdered during the American occupation. Goldfarb recounts his powerful relationship with Ahmad and introduces readers to the life of a true Iraqi hero.Eighteen years old when the Ba’ath Party seized control of Iraq, Ahmad was imprisoned and tortured twice by Saddam Hussein’s regime, was forced to fight in the Iraqi army against Iran, and was banished from his hometown of Mosul for his anti-Saddam political writings. Just as he began to taste freedom with the fall of Saddam and his large family’s return to Mosul, Ahmad was murdered for publicly decrying Islamic terror. As Goldfarb investigates his friend's murder, he mourns this loss and contemplates what dangers await the Iraqi people in their uncertain future.

Comments:

Deodorant for your language
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.
Flamehammer
An intriguing story of relationships in the middle east
Deeroman
This book is the author's tribute to the late Ahmad Shawkat, a Kurdish translator who worked with Goldfarb when we was covering the war in Iraq for WBUR radio. Goldfarb is a London-based reporter for the American public radio station; he first met Shawkat shortly before the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime in 2003.

Goldfarb was more than a man who knew the language. As an intellectual, he had moved in revolutionary circles for many years, agitating against Hussein's government. He had been captured, imprisoned and tortured on a couple of occasions and once even met the dictator. As a Kurd, he rejected the sectarian leanings of many of his people in favor of a single, unified nation. As Goldfarb explains, Ahmad Shawkat was uniquely qualified not only to translate words but to provide context to what the reporter was seeing and hearing on the streets of a new Iraq.

The first section of the book follows the two men together as Goldfarb reports on the war for public radio. (His dispatches can be heard on WBUR's Inside Out web site.) The last section is the story of Shawkat's tragic death at the hands of an assassin and the months after when the author returns to the war-torn country. The middle section, Ahmad's Life, is the author's reconstruction of his translator's story. From his early life as a bookish boy through college and into adulthood, the reader learns to know a man who never stopped searching for the answers in life, and the solutions, whether they be of a political or a religious nature.

Goldfarb's own take on the war in Iraq may surprise some readers. Although he is very critical of the Bush administration's handling of the post-war situation, the author and reporter initially supported U.S. action there in the belief that the Iraqi people could be freed. He and Ahmad speak about this shared belief at length, alternately dreaming of the future and despairing as the country falls into chaos and internal strife in the months after the fall of Saddam's army.

Michael Goldfarb writes about the qualities he looks for in a translator. Often he cannot find all of those things in one person. In Ahmad Shawkat, he finds a scholar, an intellectual, a writer, a patriot and at the end a close friend. It is a remarkable life story which could be difficult to read due to the fact that one knows how it ends. In spite of this, Goldfarb's skill makes for a moving, poignant read from start to finish. Highly recommended.
Golden Lama
Besides being an extremely well-written crash course in what went on in Iraq at the outset of the current war, Michael Goldfarb's superb book describes the beautiful friendship that developed between him & his extraordinary interpreter while Goldfarb was covering the war in Iraq. Goldfarb has been a voice of reason on NPR for many years; anyone familiar with his first rate radio work will easily be able to hear him telling this story -- he writes the way he talks: the voice is engaging, precise & always lucid. He has a gift for describing even the most complicated events in a way that the general reader can readily understand. As engaging & personable as Goldfarb is himself, he never lets you forget that the real hero is Ahmad, an amazingly resilient & likeable fellow -- a man of honor & courage & of incredible personal warmth.

Despite the cruel tribulations recounted in the story, the book is notable for its gladness of spirit -- it isn't grim & forbidding -- quite the contrary: Ahmad's story is a sad one, but the man himself was not a sad person, & certainly not one given to self-pity. He is full of life & enthusiasm & you will be glad to meet him.
Thordira
Ahmad's War, Ahmad's Peace: Surviving Under Saddam, Dying In New Iraq is an outstanding book that inspires and educates.

The story centers around the United States' invasion of Iraq and the subsequent overthrow of Saddam Hussein and Ahmad Shawkat, an Iraqi Kurd. Ahmad is an intellectual, a reader, a writer, a husband, and a father. He's had many different ups and downs throughout his life in a country that didn't quite value its intellectuals and often times tried to silence them.

As told by Michael Goldfarb, a British journalist in Iraq to cover the war, the story is both beautiful and heartbreaking. Going behind the scenes, Mr. Goldfarb shows us the life in Iraq from the perspective of a native.

Very few books remain neutral on the subject of Iraq War. Goldfarb manages to do so well. I highly recommend picking this one up.
Qumen
Of all the articles and books that I've read concerning the modern history of Iraq, none has affected me as much as Michael Goldfarb's wonderful new work. Goldfarb brilliantly interweaves the history of Iraq with life story of his interpreter Ahmad--his suffering, joy, hopes seemingly fulfilled by the fall of Saddam, hopes corroded by the miscalculations and lack of planning by the American government. No matter which side of the Iraqi debate a reader has taken, this is a book that challenges all pre-conceived ideas. Perhaps even more importantly, it is a shattering personal story written with enomrous skill and perception by an exceptional journalist.
Essential reading.
caster
Finished your book Tuesday night. It was a great read. Not saying that because you're my brother either. That relationship ended about 2 pages into the book when you became another author who captivated my imagination.

What a tale. What a wonderful person Ahmed was. The way you develop the story and character had me thinking back to books that I liked in high school and college where it was the idealist taking on the government or oppressing power. Books that came to mind were, "Black Like Me", "Autobiography of Malcom X" , and "The Trial".

I also think I got a better understanding of how and why we have screwed-up so badly in the last two years since Saddam fell.

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