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Tariq Ali is a writer and film-maker. He has written over a dozen books on world history and politics, five novels, and scripts for both stage and screen. He is an editor of New Left Review and lives in London.
"The charm of stylish dissent: less Chomsky, more poetry. Empires may come and go but Tariq Ali, the rebel who has lost the streets but gained the ghettos, is here to stay, to fight on ... Buy his spirit."--India Today "Caustic warnings run through Bush in Babylon: The Recolonisation of Iraq by Tariq Ali ... who criticises pro-American academic and media apologists for stressing that Bush's policies are 'the only way to stabilise the world' ... undeniably passionate."--Financial Times "A precious jewel of a book."--Il Manifesto, Rome "Hard facts, sharp political analysis and literary insertions that evoke the richness of Arab culture ... unlikely to soothe the middle-class nerves of our harmony-seeking 'Gutmenschen.'"--Suddeutsche Zeitung "Tari Ali ... has poured all his caustic verve and literary talent into this essay on the modern history of Iraq. Drawing on the work of great Arab historians, but also on personal testimony and the works of different Iraqi poets, he reconstitutes the principal moments of a tragic history--a pitiless dissection of the lies used by the Anglo-American leaders to legitimate their recent imperial expedition in Iraq."--Le Monde Diplomatique "A strikingly erudite tour of Iraqi and Middle Eastern history and, at points, a survey of the work of secular-nationalist Arabic poets such as the Syrian Nizar Qabbani and the Iraqi exile Mudhaffar al-Nawab."--Philadelphia City Paper "An often compelling insider's perspective--with some valuable insights into the sensitivities that explain why the occupying coalition in Iraq is not being treated as a savior."--New York Times Book Review