THE SACKING OF FALLUJAH - Ross Caputi, Richard Hil, Donna Mulhearn


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THE SACKING OF FALLUJAH - Ross Caputi, Richard Hil, Donna Mulhearn

The Iraqi city of Fallujah has become an epicenter of geopolitical conflict, where foreign powers and non-state actors have repeatedly waged war in residential neighborhoods with staggering humanitarian consequences. The Sacking of Fallujah is the first comprehensive study of the three recent sieges of this city, including those by the United States in 2004 and the Iraqi-led operation to defeat ISIS in 2016.

Unlike dominant military accounts that focus on American soldiers and U.S. leaders and perpetuate the myth that the United States “liberated” the city, this book argues that Fallujah was destroyed by coalition forces, leaving public health crises, political destabilization, and mass civilian casualties in their wake. This meticulously researched account cuts through the propaganda to uncover the lived experiences of Fallujans under siege and occupation, and contextualizes these events within a broader history of U.S. policy in the Middle East. Relying on testimony from Iraqi civilians, the work of independent journalists, and documentation from human rights organizations, Ross Caputi, Richard Hil, and Donna Mulhearn place the experiences of Fallujah’s residents at the center of this city’s recent history.

"This groundbreaking work cuts through thick veils of propaganda to reveal the experiences of the victims, with depth of research and a sensitivity that is uniquely perceptive—and with powerful lessons for solidarity work and the struggle for ‘peace with justice,’ not only in the tortured land of Iraq."—Noam Chomsky, Laureate Professor of Linguistics and Agnese Nelms Haury Chair at the University of Arizona

“Well written and well argued, I know of no other book that offers a more comprehensive critical analysis of the siege than The Sacking of Fallujah.”—Hannah Gurman, author of The Dissent Papers: The Voices of Diplomats in the Cold War and Beyond

The Sacking of Fallujah offers a radically different and sorely needed perspective on the Iraq War. It describes the war as experienced by ordinary Iraqis rather than by foreign occupying troops. This is historical revisionism of the very best sort.” —Andrew J. Bacevich, author of America's War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History

Ross Caputi, a former US Marine, is the co-founder of the Islah Reparations Project. His work has been profiled by Newsweek, VICE, and Al Jazeera, among other outlets.

Richard Hil is adjunct professor in the School of Human Services and Social Work at Griffith University's Gold Coast Campus.

Donna Mulhearn is an activist, writer, journalist, and eyewitness to the 2004 attack on Fallujah.

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