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

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In August 2003, at the age of thirty, Rory Stewart took a taxi from Jordan to Baghdad. A Farsi-speaking British diplomat, he was soon appointed deputy governor of Amarah and then Nasiriyah, provinces in the remote, impoverished marsh regions of southern Iraq. He spent the next eleven months negotiating hostage releases, holding elections, and splicing together some semblance of an infrastructure for a population of millions teetering on the brink of civil war.

The Prince of the Marshes tells the story of Stewartand#8217;s year. As a participant, he takes us inside the occupation and beyond the Green Zone, introducing us to a colorful cast of Iraqis and revealing the complexity and fragility of a society we struggle to understand. By turns funny and harrowing, moving and incisive, this book amounts to a unique portrait of heroism and the tragedy that intervention inevitably courts in the modern age.

Synopsis:

Recounts how the author, a British diplomat, was named deputy governor of Amarah and Nasiriya in southern Iraq at the end of 2003, an appointment during which he negotiated hostage releases, held elections, and worked to organize a social infrastructure for millions of beleaguered Iraqi citizens. 35,000 first printing.

About the Author

Rory Stewart has written for the New York Times Magazine, Granta, and the London Review of Books, and is the author of The Places in Between. A former fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, he was awarded the Order of the British Empire by the British government for services in Iraq. He lives in Scotland.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Foreword

Dramatis Personae

Timeline

Introduction

Capitalist-Imperialist-Crusader

Waking Up Dead

Mordor

Part One: The Prince of the Marshes

The British Camp

Regeneration

The General

Civil Affairs

Persia

Ice Cream

Baklava

Pagoda

The Supervisory Committee

High Command

Part Two: Death of a Hero

Friday Prayers

And Would Not Stay for an Answer

Resolutions

Blood Money

Resignation

Summit

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Part Three: Iraqi Pastoral

Al-Mutanabi Street

Rural Rides

Deputy

The Paths That Lead to Destruction

Import Substitution Industrialization

Jobs

Mutiny

Sheikhs

Precautions

The Islamic Call

Sadrines

Majority and Minority

Poet

Our Successors

Departures

Trust

A New Chief

Death by the Office Wall

Credibility

and#160;

Part Four: Nasiriyah

Arrivals

Morning Meeting

A Second Governor

Sage of the Assembly

Mudhif

Ali Zeidi

Police

Echoes from the Frontiers

Kidnapped

Rewarding Friends

Foreign Elements

Return to the Green Zone

The Rule of Law

Part Five: Besieged

The Quick Reaction Force

Kabul

Reprise

Final Days

Leaders

Last Days in Amara

Handing Over

Afterword

Acknowledgments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780156033008
Subtitle:
And Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Author:
Rory Stewart
Author:
STEWART, RORY
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Peace
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
British
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Iraq War, 2003
Subject:
Iraq Description and travel.
Subject:
Asia - General
Subject:
Biography-Political
Subject:
Middle East-Iraq
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Subject:
Travel Writing-Middle East
Subject:
World History-Middle East
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Subject:
History : Modern - 21st Century
Subject:
History : Middle East - General
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Political
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20070401
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Illustrations:
One 8-page black-and-white photo insert
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.9 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Recounts how the author, a British diplomat, was named deputy governor of Amarah and Nasiriya in southern Iraq at the end of 2003, an appointment during which he negotiated hostage releases, held elections, and worked to organize a social infrastructure for millions of beleaguered Iraqi citizens. 35,000 first printing.
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