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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (146 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Matthew Bogdanos, William Patrick Narrator: Matthew Bogdanos Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2005 ISBN: 9781593978723
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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.
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

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexandra | 12/25/2013

    " Although this book is by a pretty self-confident bordering on cocky marine who likes to toot his own horn often, it is a good story and interesting and relevant to know what happened to the treasures of the museum in Baghdad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 10/14/2013

    " Incredible read. Great story and what an intelligent man of action. This was a slow read for me because it was so full of information but held my attention the whole way through. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 9/8/2012

    " Bogdanos is a hoo-yah renaissance man. Love that he's striving to save ancient treasures; wanted to read more about the treasures and less about him. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zachary Krug | 8/13/2012

    " Good book. Not amazingly written, but interesting for an unusual look at the consequences of the war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilou | 5/31/2012

    " This was a stunning (true) tale of antiquities theft in the Museum of Baghdad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricrk patrick | 4/29/2012

    " good background on what actually went on in the "looting" of the museum. I read this as an audio book and the last disc is very preachy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meg - A Bookish Affair | 4/19/2012

    " This book follows the story of a Marine on a quest to save stolen antiquities in Iraq. I enjoyed the book but would have liked to see the author focus more on just how the antiquities were recovered rather then himself. Much of the book reads like a biography. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Graciela | 12/4/2011

    " Historically, this was a very interesting book. I value the bravery and courage of anyone who was serving in Iraq when this story took place. I wanted the authors to "stick with the story". Too many times, the bravado got in the way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Motorcycle | 3/5/2011

    " Not bad. I enjoyed the history in it. I know so little about those civilizations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marty | 11/9/2010

    " attended a lecture by the author - good read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Motorcycle | 2/8/2010

    " Not bad. I enjoyed the history in it. I know so little about those civilizations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricrk | 1/20/2010

    " good background on what actually went on in the "looting" of the museum. I read this as an audio book and the last disc is very preachy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marty | 5/10/2009

    " attended a lecture by the author - good read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexandra | 1/5/2009

    " Although this book is by a pretty self-confident bordering on cocky marine who likes to toot his own horn often, it is a good story and interesting and relevant to know what happened to the treasures of the museum in Baghdad. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zachary | 9/19/2008

    " Good book. Not amazingly written, but interesting for an unusual look at the consequences of the war. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meg - A Bookish Affair | 6/2/2008

    " This book follows the story of a Marine on a quest to save stolen antiquities in Iraq. I enjoyed the book but would have liked to see the author focus more on just how the antiquities were recovered rather then himself. Much of the book reads like a biography. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 5/9/2008

    " Bogdanos is a hoo-yah renaissance man. Love that he's striving to save ancient treasures; wanted to read more about the treasures and less about him. "

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About the Author

Matthew Bogdanos has been an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan since 1988. He holds both a law degree and a master’s in classics from Columbia University, as well as a master’s in strategic studies from the Army War College. Recalled to active duty in the US Marine Corps after September 11, 2001, he received a Bronze Star for counter-terrorist operations in Afghanistan and served several tours in Iraq. Upon his release from active duty, he will return to the DA’s office to head New York’s first antiquities task force.