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Banking On Baghdad

I recently picked up a new book from the Brisbane City Library called Banking On Baghdad by Edwin Black.

It pretty much goes through the past 7000 years of Iraq’s history. I just absolutely love how well written, presented and researched this book is.

In the first 3 chapters it has pretty much answered most of the questions I have asked not only about the region that would become Iraq but the origins of the Arabs and history of Islam in the region.

I haven’t been able to put this book down since I got it.

So far I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that would like to read up on the history or Iraq and how it got to where it has today.

I’ve also got another book called Pity the nation : Lebanon at war by Robert Fisk on hold at the library which looks like it could be quite an interesting read. I was actually looking for one of his other titles Pity The Nation: The Abduction of Lebanon but the library didn’t have that title (hopefully it will be on order or I might just pick it up myself off Amazon.com.)

For some light hearted political humor I have also got America (the book) : a citizen’s guide to democracy inaction
by John Stewart and The Daily Show Team on hold (I am currently 8th in the queue). We used to download and watch the John Stewart clips during the recent US elections and they had us in stitches so I’m defiantly looking forward to digging into that title 🙂