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They Came to Baghdad
Mike Mandel & Chantal Zakari
Eighteen Publications, Watertown, MA, 2012. 100 pp., 6x9".

Publisher's Description
“Baghdad is the chosen location for a secret superpower meeting” in Agatha Christie’s They Came to Baghdad which has been translated into more than 30 languages and has been published continuously since it first appeared in England in 1951.

In Mandel & Zakari's book, They Came to Baghdad, 40 of Christie's book covers conjure an exotic site for diplomatic, and romantic intrigue. They parallel the second chapter, that includes images and news accounts of the 40 countries that have participated in the Multi-National Force deploying troops to Iraq between 2003 and 2011. In the final chapter, the invasion continues; it’s an index of corporate logos of the contractors hired for the reconstruction of Iraq and the major foreign investors involved.

The work is based entirely on websearch, not only from traditional media sources, but also from alternative sources that have now entered the public sphere. From ebay and amazon, blog entries around the world translated through Google Translate, flickr and myspace all contributed to our visual narrative.




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