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Muqtada: Muqtada Al-Sadr, the Shia Revival, and the Struggle for Iraq

Muqtada: Muqtada Al-Sadr, the Shia Revival, and the Struggle for Iraq

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By (author) Patrick Cockburn, Narrator John Lee

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  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 165mm x 30mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 6 May 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Old Saybrook, CT
  • ISBN 10: 1400106583
  • ISBN 13: 9781400106585
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged

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Whatever else the United States intended when it invaded Iraq in the spring of 2003, it was not to hand the country over to a 32-year-old militant cleric who fought against their presence from the start and whom former Iraqi administrator L. Paul Bremer III described as a "Bolshevik Islamist." Yet, as the occupation steadily disintegrates, the likelihood grows ever stronger that Muqtada al-Sadr, the black-turbaned leader of Iraq's poor Shiites, will take power when the Americans finally leave. In this compelling and narrative-driven account, Patrick Cockburn, one of the bravest and most experienced correspondents reporting from the war, tells the story of Muqtada and his extraordinary rise to become what Canadian journalist Naomi Klein described as "the single greatest threat to U.S. military and economic control of Iraq." In these pages, Cockburn looks at the young cleric's family background, in particular the assassination of his father and two brothers by Saddam's hit men, his leadership of the 70,000-strong Mahdi army, the links between his movement Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Iranian leadership, and his frequent confrontations with the American military, including the pitched battle in the cemetery of Najaf and the recent mass demonstrations demanding an end to the occupation. This is no dry, academic treatise. Cockburn's account draws on dramatic, firsthand dealings with the Mahdi army, including a tense encounter at a roadblock outside Najaf in which he was nearly killed. However, although it often reads like an adventure story, "Muqtada!" provides a vital analysis of a movement that will be critical to the future of Iraq after the Americans leave.

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Author information

Patrick Cockburn is the Middle East correspondent for the "Independent" and the author of "The Broken Boy." British narrator John Lee has read audiobooks in almost every conceivable genre, from Charles Dickens to Patrick O'Brian. He has won numerous Audie Awards and "AudioFile" Earphones Awards, and he was named a Golden Voice by "AudioFile" in 2009.

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""Authoritative.... Americans need to learn more about [Muqtada al-Sadr], and Cockburn's empathetic, insightful study is a good place to start."" ---The Washington Post