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The Prince of the Marshes: And Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq by Rory Stewart
The Prince of the Marshes: And Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq

kewarner, November 25, 2007

Rory Stewart’s “Prince Of The Marshes” is a stunning first-hand account of the failures and frequently disastrous results of the attempt at “nation-building” in Iraq, by the U.S. and its coalition partners. In 2003 Stewart was appointed Deputy Governor, in Maysan province, by the Coalition Provisional Authority. His directive was to build the basic infrastructure for a political system and public services. Stewart’s sincere and balanced attempts to fulfill these goals are blocked by continuous disconnects between Iraqi culture and values versus those of the coalition partners. Matters are further complicated by a bewildering cast of local characters, which include sheikhs, fakes, clerics, former baathists, competing political parties, militias and tribes, and of course The Prince Of The Marshes. A must read for anyone looking for some insight into why the democratization of Iraq has been such a disaster.
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Jump N Blues Bass Book/CD by Keith Rosier
Jump N Blues Bass Book/CD

kewarner, April 27, 2007

Part of the Bass Builders series. This book ,by Keith Rosier, is an excellent overview of contrasting blues bass styles. It features spotlights on key bass players who made their mark with their own style of playing and laid down a serious groove, in support some of the all-time great blues artists.

Among the featured bass players are Larry Taylor, Willie Dixon, Donald "Duck" Dunn, and Tommy Shannon.

The bass tablature and accompanying CD provide excellent and accurate examples of the artists styles. The book also includes tips on setting up your bass, getting a good tone and recording gear.

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