As war loomed, reporters from around the world swarmed into Iraq. But in the end Paul McGeough was one of a handful - and the only Australian - to cover the entire war from Baghdad.
Keeping a daily diary, McGeough documented the death of the innocents and the cheap propaganda on both sides; the heroic efforts by doctors and nurses in filthy, under-supplied hospitals; the collapse of the regime; the American conquest of Baghdad; and the rampant looting that tore away the last vestiges of Saddam.
His personal diaries are a unique insight into life for reporters behind enemy lines - from the stress of colleagues dying around them to daily battles with a regime that saw them virtually become human shields and always potential hostages.
It is an extraordinary feat to be the sole Australian reporter to have experienced such raw history in the making. But Paul McGeough's remarkable achievement is to have written such a compelling narrative of the closing days of the brutal dictatorship of Saddam Hussein while under real and present danger.
Here is his definitive account of the 30 days in Baghdad that changed the Middle East forever.
Praise for Paul McGeough's Manhattan to Baghdad:
'This is a serious book by a serious journalist, a man with his heart in the right place .' - Phillip Knightley, author of The First Casualty
'In the tradition of war correspondent Martha Gellhorn . driven by a desire not only to report but to understand the meaning of events.' - The Age
'Authoritative, compassionate and informative - as well as being a ripping good yarn.' - Australian Bookseller + Publisher
Day One: First Attack
Day Two: Lunge at the Heart of the Regime
Day Three: Long-Promised Shock and Awe
Day Four: A State of Denial
Day Five: Saddam Hussein Addresses his People
Day Six: Colleagues Disappear
Day Seven: Death in the Marketplace
Day Eight: A Lull Before the Expected Siege
Day Nine: More Bombs, No Candles
Day Ten: Ministry of Misinformation Takes a Direct Hit
Day Eleven: Suicide Bombs
Day Twelve: A Guerilla War in the Offing
Day Thirteen: Marking Time
Day Fourteen: Cat-and-Mouse
Day Fifteen: Trying to Find Tranquillity
Day Sixteen: People Pour from the City
Day Seventeen: The US Captures the Airport
Day Eighteen: The Americans are within Greater Baghdad
Day Nineteen: The Push into the Heart of the City
Day Twenty: Occupation at a Terrible Cost
Day Twenty-One: The End of Saddam's Regime
Day Twenty-Two: The World Beholds a Tyrant's Statue Fall
Day Twenty-Three: A Time for Revenge
Day Twenty-Four: T
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 13th June 2003
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.8 x 14.0
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1