Justin Marozzi is an author and journalist who has been praised as "the most brilliant of the new generation of travel writer-historians" (Sunday Telegraph). He has traveled extensively in the Middle East and the Muslim world and has worked in conflict and post-conflict Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, and Darfur. He is the author of four previous books, including Tamerlane and The Way of Herodotus, and he is a regular contributor to a wide range of national and international publications, including the Financial Times, Spectator, Times, Sunday Telegraph, and Guardian, where he writes on international affairs and the Muslim world. In 2011 he was elected as a Councilor of the Royal Geographical Society and appointed a Senior Research Fellow in Journalism and the Popular Understanding of History at Buckingham University's Humanities Research Institute.
Praise for the UK edition of Baghdad "An epic history"--The Economist "[An] epic biography of the city... Marozzi feasts his reader in every sumptuous detail."--The Times "Vivid and compelling...the best account we have in English"--Hugh Kennedy, Literary Review "A tremendous narrative history... A great achievement: brave, densely researched, authoritative, vivid"--Sunday Times "Marozzi gets to the unchanging sould of his city."--The Guardian "Brilliant, evocative, and erudite...a work of love and an homage to the city"--The Spectator "Superb history...a gripping account"--Daily Telegraph "Adventurous, sophisticated, respectful...a truly splendid work of erudition, storytelling, and huamnity"--Standpoint Kirkus Reviews, 10/15/14 "Pertinent, patient study of the tumultuous history of this strategic city since its founding ...a useful, relevant history of a 'relentlessly tempestuous' city." Booklist, 11/15/14, starred review "Marozzi pays tribute to the endurance and vibrancy of the city and its citizens...in this fine combination of history and travel genres"