A Hundred and One Days : A Baghdad Journal Paperback
In January 2003 Asne Seierstad entered Baghdad on a ten-day visa.
She was to stay for over three months, reporting on the war and its aftermath.
A Hundred and One Days is her compelling account of a city under siege, and a fascinating insight into the life of a foreign correspondent.
An award-winning writer, Seierstad brilliantly details the frustrations and dangers journalists faced trying to uncover the truth behind the all-pervasive propaganda.
She also offers a unique portrait of Baghdad and its people, trying to go about their daily business under the constant threat of attack.
Seierstad's passionate and erudite book conveys both the drama and the tragedy of her one hundred and one days in a city at war.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages, 2 maps
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 02/12/2004
- Category: True stories
- ISBN: 9781844081400
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Review by NJO
I really enjoyed The Bookseller of Kabul so I thought I would enjoy this too. It was quite hard to plough through it as most the book is set before the war when journalists were heavily monitored and weren't allowed to ask too many questions. The fact she doesn't speak Arabic is also a hinderance. Seierstad therefore spends a lot of the book moaning about how tedious this is and how she doesn't trust what people tell her because they are just saying what the regime wants them to say. The most interesting part is written during the fighting and there are some truly chilling sections and it certainly raises questions about the real reason for the war. Sadly this part is over quite quickly as it is the most interesting bit. More of an insight into the life of a war reporter than those of real Iraqis.
Review by starbox
"We were tortured mentally by the all-pervading fear", 19 Aug 2014This review is from: A Hundred And One Days: A Baghdad Journal (Paperback)I thought this offered an extremely balanced view of the Iraq war: Norwegian reporter Asne Seierstad gives an on-the-spot reportage of her days in Baghdad in the lead-up to the American invasion. Patrolled everywhere she went, with a government appointed minder; cagey locals who would rarely say anything against Saddam; and a total dictatorship, where every newspaper and TV broadcast is under the authorization of the Ministry of Information.As the Americans get nearer, most of her fellow reporters flee the country. Trigger happy American soldiers soon alienate the locals, and there are some truly harrowing scenes. Locals are split in their feelings about these invaders: joy at being rid of a fearsome dictator and resentment that a foreign force did the job for them. Excitement about theit new-found freedom and a profound cynicism that it won't lead to civil war :"We used to have order, fixed points in our existence. Of course our dictator was strict but our people need a firm hand. A strong man. If not we'll capsize and descend into madness."Very readable account that gives the story behind the war by someone who witnessed it pretty objectively.