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. He has returned to the DA's Office where he still boxes for the New York City Police Department Widows & Orphans Charity and continues the hunt for stolen antiqu
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Matthew Bogdanos has been an assistant district attorney in Manhattan since 1988. A colonel in the Marine Reserves, middleweight boxer, and native New Yorker, he holds a degree in classics from Bucknell University, a law degree and a master's degree in Classical Studies from Columbia University, and a master's degree in Strategic Studies from the Army War College. Recalled to active duty after September 11, 2001, he received a Bronze Star for counterterrorist operations in Afghanistan, and then served two tours in Iraq. Released back into the reserves in October 2005, he returned to the DA's Office and continues the hunt for stolen antiquities.From AudioFile:
Real-life Manhattan Assistant District Attorney and Marine Colonel Matthew Bogdanos vividly recounts his experiences leading a mission of experts in hunting down antiquities stolen from the Iraq Museum. Bogdanos is devoted to service to his country, competitive boxing, and classic literature, while carrying a healthy disdain for journalists and other intellectuals. His tough-guy demeanor comes across clearly as he details the investigation, efforts to lobby for his mission, and his frustration at the role the media have played in portraying the war and U.S. policy. Bogdanos recounts the story as though it is a novel, keeping listeners engrossed in the action and providing plenty of personal opinions and suspicions along the way. H.L.S. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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