Waiting for an Ordinary Day

Waiting for an Ordinary Day : The Unraveling of Life in Iraq

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Since 2003, Iraqs bloody legacy has been well-documented by journalists, historians, politicians, and others confounded by how Americans were seduced into the war. Yet almost no one has spoken at length to the constituency that represents Iraqs last best hope for a stable country: its ordinary working and middle class. Farnaz Fassihi, The Wall Street Journals intrepid senior Middle East correspondent, bridges this gap by unveiling an Iraq that has remained largely hidden since the United States declared their Mission Accomplished. Fassihi chronicles the experience of the disenfranchised as they come to terms with the realities of the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. In an unforgettable portrait of Iraqis whose voices have remained eerily silent-from art gallery owners to clairvoyants, taxi drivers to radicalized teenagers-Fassihi brings to life the very people whose goodwill the U. S. depended upon for a successful occupation. Haunting and lyrical, Waiting for An Ordinary Day tells the long-awaited story of post-occupation Iraq through native eyes.show more

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  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 162.56 x 236.22 x 27.94mm | 544.31g
  • PublicAffairs,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1586484753
  • 9781586484750

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"Newark Star-Ledger," October 5, 2008 "["Waiting for an Ordinary Day"] gives voice to those whose everyday lives were altered forever by [the Iraq War]. It is the best of the Iraq books because it makes clear what we have done." Chris Toensing, "The Nation," November 3, 2008 "The greatest strength of ["Waiting for an Ordinary Day"] lies in the vivid portrayal of the impact of the invasion and occupation on Iraqis, not only the toll of death and displacement but also the damage to the social fabric and the dislodging of the soul." Joshua Hammer, "New York Review of Books," December 4, 2008"Intrepid reporting.... Stark evidence of the US military's failure to protect the citizens of the country it had ostensibly come to liberate."show more

About Farnaz Fassihi

Farnaz Fassihi is the deputy bureau chief for Middle East and Africa for The Wall Street Journal, now based in Beirut, Lebanon. She joined the Journal in January 2003 and was immediately sent to Iraq. Her family is Iranian-American; she has degrees in English from Tehran University and in journalism from Columbia University. Prior to joining the Journal, she was a roving foreign correspondent for the Star Ledger of Newark, N.J., and a reporter for the Providence Journal.show more

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