Babylon's Ark As detailed in Babylon's Ark , in 2003, shortly after the U.S. invaded Iraq, South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony entered Baghdad on a very different… Babylon's Ark As detailed in Babylon's Ark , in 2003, shortly after the U.S. invaded Iraq, South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony entered Baghdad on a very different… 2007-03-06 Nonfiction War Thomas Dunne Books
Book Review

Babylon's Ark (2007)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Mar 06, 2007; Writers: Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence; Genres: Nonfiction, War; Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

As detailed in Babylon's Ark, in 2003, shortly after the U.S. invaded Iraq, South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony entered Baghdad on a very different mission: to rescue the starving and dehydrated lions, bears, and tigers stranded in the city's bombed-out zoo, which was beset by armed looters. Enlisting help from the U.S. military and sympathetic Iraqis, Anthony took on the daunting task of saving from the crossfire not just the zoo's animals but Saddam Hussein's Arabian horses and son Uday's pet lions. As one Pentagon photographer says in Anthony's gripping account — the rare Iraq war book that could conceivably be called uplifting — ''Everything's a f---ing zoo here, man.'' B+

Originally posted Mar 02, 2007 Published in issue #924 Mar 09, 2007 Order article reprints
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