I wrote about the beautiful cover last Friday, when I checked this book out of the library. At that time I had read only the first paragraph. The book didn't go in the direction I expected, though it held my attention and kept pulling me from page to page. I came away from my reading feeling pessimistic about the future of Iraq.
Watch a video from USIP (United States Institute of Peace), taped July 17, 2009, in which Manal Omar discusses the state of security in Iraq following the drawdown of U.S. forces and how the country has changed since 2003. She was in Baghdad from 2003 to 2005.
Helen gave the book a 4.5 of 5 in her review on Helen's Book Blog. Go read what she wrote. I rate the book 8 of 10, a very good book, even though I haven't given any details.