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Last Days in Babylon The Exile of Iraq's Jews, the Story of My Family

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ISBN-10: 141657204X

ISBN-13: 9781416572046

Edition: N/A

Authors: Marina Benjamin

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Marina Benjamin grew up in London feeling estranged from her family's exotic Middle Eastern ways. She refused to speak the Arabic her mother and grandmother spoke at home. She rejected the peculiar food they ate in favor of hamburgers and beer. But when Benjamin had her own child a few years ago, she realized that she was losing her link to the past. InLast Days in Babylon, Benjamin delves into the story of her family's life among the Jews of Iraq in the first half of the twentieth century. When Iraq gained independence in 1932, Jews were the largest and most prosperous ethnic group in Baghdad. They dominated trade and finance, hobnobbed with Iraqi dignitaries, and lived in grandiose villas…    
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Book details

List price: $20.99
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 6/24/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Marina Benjamin is in her early 30s. She studied History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge. Before moving into journalism, at one point she worked as a professional gambler in Europe and Las Vegas. She then became Arts Editor of the New Statesman and Evening Standard. She has written for the Independent, Guardian and other papers, and for dot.com publications, and her previous book was Living at the end of the world (Picador, 1998). She now divides her time between in San Francisco and London.

Prologue
The Lost World
Bloodlines
Baghdad
Jews and Pomegranates
Very Nice to Meet You
Women's Secrets
Independence
Changing Times
Arabs Before Muslims
Writing On The Wall
Brothers
Three Evils
A Fair Exchange
Last Train to Basra
FULL CIRCLE
Anniversary
The Last Jews of Baghdad
Great Expectations
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index