Satish Jacob from Hotel Palestine, Baghdad: Pages from a War Diary

 

 

        Satish Jacob was the only Indian correspondent in Baghdad during the US-led was to topple the Iraqi President, Saddam Hussein. From Baghdad’s Hotel Palestine, Satish’s spirited reports were the only eyewitness accounts of the drama of those days on Indian television. They were also special in that his perception of the events differed significantly from that of the Western media more prone to accept uncritically the invading armies’ version of events.                        

        In From Hotel Palestine, Satish Jacob writes of anation devastated on a whim, and explains Iraq’s role in the Arab world, the complex relationships that divide the region’s Muslims, Christians, and Jews. Above all, he applauds the courage of the Iraqis in this war of unequals, and shows us that while Saddam may be a loathsome monster for some, he is a nation-builder like Turkey’s Ataturk to others.

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