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Have you read: ‘Thieves of Baghdad’ a real-life adventure

“Thieves of Baghdad” by Matthew Bogdanos and William Patrick

Missing antiquities. A Special Forces Marine Colonel who holds advanced degrees in disparate areas of study (law, classics, strategy). A war-torn country in chaos. A hunt involving the FBI, Immigration/Customs Enforcement, and the Department of Defense. Are these plot elements in the upcoming Indiana Jones film, or a new NUMA Files novel by Clive Cussler?

No, they are the real life of a man who went to Iraq to recover some of the world’s greatest treasures that resided in the Iraqi Museum.

Author Matthew Bogdanos is one of those rare individuals that could probably say “been there, done that, got the T-shirt” to most any statement. Colonel Bogdanos is a man of many talents. He holds degrees from Bucknell University (Classics), Columbia University (Dual Masters in Law and Classical Studies) and the Army War College (Masters in Strategic Studies). Bogdanos is a native New Yorker who was there on 9/11, an amateur boxer, a U.S. Marine, a prosecuting attorney and a father. He had lived quite a life before he arrived in Iraq, and the beginning of “Thieves of Baghdad” focuses on his childhood and most all the events that eventually placed him in Iraq to hunt missing antiquities.

The main portion of “Thieves of Baghdad” involves Bogdanos’ deployment to Iraq to find the supposedly 170,000 items missing from the Iraqi Museum. He would later discover that the initial number of 170,000 items was closer to 15,000. In addition he found that many items were taken from the Iraqi Museum before the American invasion in order to save them from the chaos of war.

Bogdanos’ account of his adventures in Iraq reads like an action novel. His collaboration with William Patrick has yielded a book that is immensely readable. Bogdanos pulls no punches in his book, and in researching the book for this review I found that his actions were not without controversy. It is quite possible that his account is not the whole “truth” of what happened, but controversies aside, “Thieves of Baghdad” is a great read. It will appeal to readers who enjoy action, mystery, and intrigue. All royalties from “Thieves of Baghdad” will be donated to the Iraqi Museum.

– Mark Dulyanai is a library assistant and Friend of the Library at the South Lake Tahoe Branch Library.

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