CMU history professor John Robertson's work informed and was quoted by the New York Times Magazine. The article "The Living and the Dead" by James Verini details the October battle for Mosul and examines the conflict in the context of history. 

The reporter drew from Robertson's well-received Iraq: A History. From the editor: "In this unrivaled study, John Robertson details the greatness and grandeur of Iraq’s achievements, the brutality and magnificence of its ancient empires and its extraordinary contributions to the world. The only work in the English language to explore the history of the land of two rivers in its entirety, it takes readers from the seminal advances of its Neolithic inhabitants to the aftermath of the American and British-led invasion, the rise of Islamic State and Iraq today."