Thieves of Baghdad

  • by Matthew Bogdanos, William Patrick
  • Narrated by Matthew Bogdanos
  • 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A blend of treasure hunt, police procedural, war-time thriller, and expose of the international black-market in stolen art, told in the voice of a truly remarkable man: a soldier, a father, and a scholar. The New York tabloids call him 'the pit bull' for his relentless prosecution of high-profile defendants. He's an assistant D.A., a spit-and-polish Marine, a trigger-puller on counter-terrorist missions to Afghanistan, a competitive boxer, and a dedicated classics scholar. So when Matthew Bogdanos discovered that the Iraq National Museum had been looted during the battle of Baghdad, he immediately embarked on a mission to recover the stolen antiquities. Accompanied by a select group of men, Bogdanos set off across the desert without official sanction, risking his career and his life in pursuit of this priceless international treasure. Thieves of Baghdad immerses the listener into the rich culture, the colorful characters, the double-dealing, and the derring-do, to sort out once and for all what actually happened during the chaos of the Baghdad invasion, exactly how the thefts took place, and how the most notable objects were retrieved. We hear Bogdanos and his team going on raids and negotiating recoveries, blowing open safes, and mingling in the marketplaces, often encountering an assortment of rogues and villains. He gradually earns the trust of Iraqis eager to preserve their cultural heritage, and then stuns the world by unearthing the most sensational treasure of all, The Gold of Nimrud: over 1,000 pieces of gold jewelry, precious stones, and ornaments often called "Iraq's Crown Jewels".

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Started well, went no where

This book started off interestingly and had heaps of potential - personal experience in the war combined with famous archoeology wonderful history of civilisations and a backdrop of Baghdad. Unfortunately as the book went on it didn't develop and started repeating itself, quickly "slipping away". No further insights were learn't about the people (including the narrator) , or the context of these events set in their own lives. Overall dissapointing.
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- Steve

Terrible!

I just found the whole thing' story, narration unbearable and juvenile.
If you are interested in Art and History, please don't waste your time.
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- TYRONE

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-27-2005
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio