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Baghdad Letters: An American Couple in Iraq, 1966-67 Jay Farrington

Baghdad Letters: An American Couple in Iraq, 1966-67

Jay Farrington

Published August 11th 2003
ISBN : 9781410763280
Paperback
204 pages
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Baghdad Letters is a collection of correspondence, journals and photographs compiled by a young couple from Texas in Iraq from September1966 to May 1967. From the book: Baghdad preferred professors with a Texas accent since the Iraqis had problemsMoreBaghdad Letters  is a collection of correspondence, journals and photographs compiled by a young couple from Texas in Iraq from September1966 to May 1967. From the book: Baghdad preferred professors with a Texas accent since the Iraqis had problems understanding the oil field personnel working there, most of whom were from places like Odessa, Texas. On the flight from London, I told a British soldier, Im going to Baghdad to teach English. He threw his head back and laughed, My God, you dont even SPEAK it! he said. This isnt just a different culture, or even civilization. It is a different Time, a different world. In the desert at midnight we came upon a road block. An Iraqi soldier with a machine gun shined a light in our faces and filthy troops crowded around the car to look at us. Where you go? Baghdad, I said. La, (No) he said, looking at Carole, You stay tonight with me. I tried not to show the jolt of fear that went through me. But the women are getting college degrees, even going into engineering, Ive heard- My students may be the first, and someday things may change.