Thieves of Baghdad is a riveting account of Colonel Matthew Bogdanos and his team’s extraordinary efforts to recover over 5,000 priceless antiquities stolen from the Iraqi National Museum after the fall of Baghdad. A mixture of police procedural, treasure hunt, war-time thriller, and cold-eyed assessment of the international black market in stolen art, Thieves of Baghdad also explores the soul of a truly remarkable man: a soldier, a father, and a passionate, dedicated scholar. Download and start listening now!
Matthew Bogdanos has been an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan since 1988-where New York tabloids call him “pit bull” for his relentless prosecution of criminals such as the 15-year-old “Baby-Faced Butchers” for their 1997 grisly Central Park murder and rappers Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and Jamal “Shyne” Barrows for their 1999 shootout. A colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, middleweight boxer, and native New Yorker, he was raised waiting tables in his family’s Greek restaurant in lower Manhattan and holds a classics degree from Bucknell University, a law degree and a master’s degree in classics from Columbia University, and a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the Army War College. Commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Marines in 1980, he served as a Judge Advocate until he left active duty to join the District Attorney’s Office, rising to Senior Homicide Trial Counsel in 1996.
Recalled to active duty after losing his apartment near the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, he joined a multi-agency task force in Afghanistan and received a Bronze Star for counterterrorist operations against al-Qaeda. He then served in Iraq and the Horn of Africa as the head of that task force and received a 2005 National Humanities Medal from President George Bush for his work recovering Iraq’s priceless treasures