The Sacking of Fallujah
A People's History
Published by: University of Massachusetts Press
Unlike dominant military accounts that focus on American soldiers and U.S. leaders and perpetuate the myth that the United States "liberated" the city, this book argues that Fallujah was destroyed by coalition forces, leaving public health crises, political destabilization, and mass civilian casualties in their wake. This meticulously researched account cuts through the propaganda to uncover the lived experiences of Fallujans under siege and occupation, and contextualizes these events within a broader history of U.S. policy in the Middle East. Relying on testimony from Iraqi civilians, the work of independent journalists, and documentation from human rights organizations, Ross Caputi, Richard Hil, and Donna Mulhearn place the experiences of Fallujah's residents at the center of this city's recent history.
"That is the nexus of the book's revisionism. Its meticulous military and political history of the 2004 and 2013 campaigns . . . is well done, yielding a rewarding read, a valuable reference, and a significant contribution to the field."—Home Front Studies
"This groundbreaking work cuts through thick veils of propaganda to reveal the experiences of the victims, with depth of research and a sensitivity that is uniquely perceptive—and with powerful lessons for solidarity work and the struggle for 'peace with justice,' not only in the tortured land of Iraq."—Noam Chomsky, Laureate Professor of Linguistics and Agnese Nelms Haury Chair at the University of Arizona