Tony Horwitz: Baghdad without a Map, and Other Misadventures in Arabia

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  • Martin Kich

When Tony Horwitz's wife, the journalist Geraldine Brooks, was offered a position as a Middle Eastern correspondent based in Cairo, Horwitz attempted to make a living as a freelancer who could ostensibly travel wherever the story happened to be. More often than not, he seems to have traveled wherever his curiosity took him. This book is a collection of his impressions of places from Libya to the Strait of Hoummos and from the southern Sudan to Tehran. The time period covered is the latter half of the 1980s. Some of the book has undoubtedly been taken from the feature stories that Horwitz wrote as a freelancer, but much of it seems to be more a reporter's account of reporting or, more precisely, of looking for something to report.

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Kich, Martin. "Baghdad without a Map, and Other Misadventures in Arabia". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 July 2003
[, accessed 03 July 2015.]

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