Justin Marozzi

Eastern Promise

Late for Tea at the Deer Palace: The Lost Dreams of my Iraqi Family

By

HarperPress 414pp £25 order from our bookshop

When God Made Hell: The British Invasion of Mesopotamia and the Creation of Iraq 1914–1921

By

Faber & Faber 591pp £25 order from our bookshop

When the name Chalabi crops up in any discussion of Iraq, chances are that the person speaking is referring to Ahmed Chalabi, the brilliant, cynical, shameless politician whose steady drip-feed of misinformation about Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction was music to neo-con ears in Washington. As leader of the US-funded Iraqi National Congress, a coalition of Iraqi exiles dedicated to Saddam’s overthrow, he encouraged America to plunge into its bloody misadventure in Iraq. 

Follow Literary Review on Twitter

  • Last Tweets

    • With our February issue about to go to press, enjoy a slice of LR history - Hilary Mantel on Joan Haslip's biograph… ,
    • What did London look like in the 6th Century? Rory Naismith's 'Citadel of the Saxons' tries to answer that questi… ,
    • Start your week with a dose of Russian Revolutionary zeal. Donald Rayfield reviews Tobie Mathew's 'Greetings From t… ,
    • A treat from the LR Archive: exactly 20 years ago, Malcolm Bradbury reviewed John Updike's 'Bech at Bay' ,
    • ‘When bullets come close, the noise they make as they go past changes from a zing to a crack’ John Lanchester's dy… ,
    • Man with a Bloody Paintbrush: Robin Simon on Lucian Freud ,
    • Jane Ridley reviews The Diaries of Kenneth Rose (ed. D R Thorpe) ,