The Sacking of Fallujah: A Peoples' History

The Sacking of Fallujah offers a people’s history of the three sieges and related military assaults, launched against the Iraqi city of Fallujah by the US military and its allies. This timely and compelling combination of eye-witness testimony, historical documentation, and expert analysis is the first complete account of the sieges of Fallujah, from the two US-led operations in 2004 to the recent Iraqi-led operation to wrest control of the city from the Islamic State in 2016.

Distinguishing itself from other books on Fallujah, written mainly by current and former American soldiers, this book draws on a wide range of sources and includes independent and Iraqi voices. It is also the first book to directly analyze the role of US military information warfare in the operations. Additionally, this book combines military history with social history, drawing attention to the human consequences of these operations as instances of sociocide, urbicide, and ecocide.

This book sets out to give a comprehensive analysis of these operations, placing military action in its political, social, and humanitarian context. Weaving first-hand accounts together with analysis, The Sacking of Fallujah is a catalyst for widespread community reflection on the important lessons to be drawn from a conflict that symbolizes the brutality of modern warfare.


Ross Caputi

Ross Caputi is a PhD student in History at the University of Massachusetts. A former US Marine who participated in the second siege of Fallujah, Ross was compelled by the destruction and suffering he helped cause to become an anti-war activist, speaker, and writer. He is also the director of the People's History of Fallujah digital archive and in 2013 he co-founded the Islah Reparations Project.

Donna Mulhearn

Donna Mulhearn is an activist, writer, and speaker. She acted as a human shield, aid worker, and human rights activist in Iraq and was an eye-witness to the April 2004 attack on Fallujah. Donna is also a journalist and former political adviser, having earned a Masters degree from the University of Sydney Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. Her book, Ordinary Courage, a memoir about her experience as a human shield, was published in 2010. Donna also coordinates the Australian Campaign to Ban Uranium Weapons.

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