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Lawrence Rothfield Publishes The Rape of Mesopotamia

PD books 01.JPG Lawrence Rothfield, former director of the Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago and associate professor of English and comparative literature, recently published The Rape of Mesopotamia (University of Chicago Press, 2009).  Rothfield examines the pillaging of over 15,000 Iraqi historic artifacts following the fall of Saddam Hussein through extensive interviews with soldiers, bureaucrats, war planners, archaeologists, and collectors to try and understand how this looting was allowed to occur and what lessons the international community can learn from this shameful episode.

The Rape of Mesopotamia has been favorably reviewed in Harper’s Weekly, among other publications.

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