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Dawn Over Baghdad

How the U.S. Military Is Using Bullets and Ballots to Remake Iraq

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Hardcover / 237 pages
ISBN: 1594030502
PUBLISHED: 6/1/2004


Dawn Over Baghdad
How the U.S. Military Is Using Bullets and Ballots to Remake Iraq

An up to the minute report on America’s most urgent national struggle, as seen through the eyes of the U.S. servicemen and Iraqis who are striving to build a new country in the most dangerous place on earth.

Early in 2004, Karl Zinsmeister spent several weeks with U.S. soldiers in the most dangerous parts of the Sunni Triangle. He participated in raids against insurgents and watched the soldiers engage in daily diplomacy with ordinary Iraqis trying to put their lives back together. Dawn Over Baghdad is the result of that trip—a journey through Iraq’s urban neighborhoods, rural villages, and guerrilla snake pits. Along the way, Zinsmeister talked with the GIs and their commanders at an intimate gut-level to learn exactly how young American soldiers are dealing with a terrorist insurrection and planting the seeds of a democracy.

In the spring of 2005, Zinsmeister returned to Iraq for another extended period of reporting shortly after the historic elections there made the purple dye-stained finger a symbol of hope. The new material he has added to this edition is hopeful too and in distinct contrast to the gloomy picture of America’s presence in this war zone so often painted by the mainstream media. The other side of the story, Dawn Over Baghdad is a gripping, up to the minute report on America’s most urgent national struggle, as seen through the eyes of the U.S. servicemen and Iraqis who are trying to make a new country out of the most dangerous place in the world.


About the Author

Karl Zinsmeister oversees all magazine, book, and Web publishing at The Philanthropy Roundtable in Washington, D.C. In 2016 he produced The Almanac of American Philanthropy, the 1,342-page culmination of a multiyear effort to create the authoritative reference on America’s fascinating and culturally seminal tradition of solving public problems with private resources.

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