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Pick of the day: On the eve of war in Iraq

By Christian Davenport

So now the war in Iraq is over--or at least "combat operations" have ended. Goodbye, Operation Iraqi Freedom. Hello, Operation New Dawn. In his Oval Office speech last night, President Obama said "It's time to turn the page." Well, before we do that, let's flip to the front of the book, to the first chapter, and remember the beginning of the war. No one captured it better than Rick Atkinson, the Washington Post journalist and historian who was embedded with the 101st Airborne on the eve of the war. He captured the mood perfectly in a story from what seems like a long time ago. (So long ago, in fact, that I couldn't find it on

By Christian Davenport  | September 1, 2010; 9:35 AM ET
Categories:  Story Picks  | Tags:  operation new dawn, rick atkinson  
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To experience one woman's struggle, being born in the Middle East, and then moving to the United States, read They Shake the Desert Sands. It is a realistic story focused on a nomadic people and a culture lost to the political strain of war. A young woman, Soraya, emerges from her tribal life in the modern Middle East to life as a young American and part of a historic Navy family in Annapolis, Maryland. Her place in the world transforms from a cautious perspective to one of passion as she leaves behind the world she once knew for the intensity of modern America.

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