The Physics of Blown Sand, Writing Poetry, Harry Potter and Organic Chemistry are just some of the diverse books bought from by military and civilian personnel stationed in Iraq since 2004.

We have selected 50 titles from books purchased by AbeBooks’ customers - including US soldiers but also UK military personnel and Western civilian contractors - living on military bases and secure civilian installations around Iraq.

They might surprise you. Some readers in Iraq are inspired by the desert landscape while others are dipping into American history and politics. Some purchases are deeply personal such as a guide for an expectant father, and books about theology and spirituality – others are practical purchases such as an English-Turkish dictionary. Textbooks constituted the most popular genre illustrating the fact that many readers on bases in Iraq are studying in their spare-time.


The Catcher in the Rye

History, Military History, Current Affairs & Americana

American Foreign Policy


Crafting & Executing Strategy

Books, Writing & the Arts

Writing Poetry

Self-help & Spirituality

The New Father

Desert Themes

The Physics of Blown Sand


English-Turkish Comprehensive Dictionary
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