Three Kings in Baghdad : The Tragedy of Iraq's Monarchy Paperback
This is the tragic story of the short-lived Iraqi monarchy.
The first king of Iraq, Faisal I, was installed by the British in 1921.
Faisal, who had led the Arab Revolt and fought alongside T.E.
Lawrence, was a major player in the politics of the Middle East.
He was also, most importantly, pro-British and thus 'suitable' to lead an independent Iraq.
His son and successor, Ghazi, a strong pan-Arab nationalist, felt very differently.
He supported the first military coup in the Arab world and was said to hold German sympathies.
Ghazi's suspicious death in a car accident left his son, also named Faisal, King at the age of four.
So Iraq was ruled by his uncle, Abdulillah, as regent until the boy came of age.
Iraq's artificially-imposed monarchy came to an abrupt and bloody end in July 1958 when Faisal II and Abdulillah, along with the Prime Minister, Nuri al Said, and many members of Faisal's family, were gunned down and the country was declared a republic. "Three Kings in Baghdad" is a unique and timely account of this portentous moment in Iraq's history.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 232 pages, Illustrations
- Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
- Publication Date: 30/03/2008
- Category: Middle Eastern history
- ISBN: 9781845115357