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Edwin Black
``Banking on Baghdad: Inside Iraq's 7,000-Year History of War, Profit, and Conflict''
 Editor's Choice 
( Wiley )

Editor's Choice
Review by Rosemary Herbert
Sunday, October 17, 2004

Edwin Black makes a determined effort to elucidate why Iraq has been a center of commerce and turmoil for thousands of years. Even before industrialized society became dependent on its black gold, he writes, the area was ``the intersection of intellectual and commercial exchange'' and a target for invaders. Black looks at everything from the 13th-century Mogul invasion in the 13th century to today's war profiteering in this ambitious volume.

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