Over thirteen centuries, Baghdad has enjoyed both cultural and
commercial pre-eminence, boasting artistic and intellectual
sophistication and an economy once the envy of the world. It was
here, in the time of the Caliphs, that the Thousand and One Nights
were set. Yet it has also been a city of great hardships, beset by
epidemics, famines, floods, and numerous foreign invasions which
have brought terrible bloodshed. This is the history of its
storytellers and its tyrants, of its philosophers and conquerors.
Here, in the first new history of Baghdad in nearly 80 years,
Justin Marozzi brings to life the whole tumultuous history of what
was once the greatest capital on earth.