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ISBN:
9780307278838
Author:
Chandrasekaran, Raji
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Author:
Rajiv Chandrasekaran
Author:
Rajiv Chandrasekaran
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - International Secur
Subject:
Military - Iraq War (2003-)
Subject:
Political corruption
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Iraq War, 2003
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
International Security
Subject:
World History-Iraq War (2003-?)
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
20070931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 MAP
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 0.8 in 0.6 lb

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Not to be lost amid the many books on Iraq, Rajiv Chandrasekaran, former Baghdad bureau chief for the Washington Post, gives us a fascinating look at what life inside the Green Zone was like in the first year of post-Saddam Iraq. Here Chandrasekaran’s tragicomic chronicle reveals the bungling of inexperienced officials employed to rebuild a war-torn Iraq. Riveting, yet painful to read, this insightful book gives us a picture of how things went so wrong so fast.

"Review" by , "Rajiv Chandrasekaran has not given us 'another Iraq book.' He has given us a riveting tale of American misadventure....He shows us American idealism and voyeurism, as well as the deadly results of American hubris. And by giving us the first full picture from inside the Green Zone, he depicts a mission doomed to failure before it had even been launched."
"Review" by , "How depressing that the ongoing American presence in Iraq can make for such perversely entertaining reading. Washington Post reporter Chandrasekaran's sharp-eyed account of life inside Baghdad's Green Zone offers some of the blackest comedy at the bookstore."
"Review" by , "Mr. Chandrasekaran's book, while nonfiction, is as chilling an indictment of America's tragic cultural myopia as Graham Greene's prescient 1955 novel of the American debacle in Indochina, The Quiet American."
"Review" by , "Chandrasekaran's detail-rich reporting and firsthand, candid narrative is what sets his contribution apart and bolsters his withering assessment....[A]n eye-opening tour of ineptitude, misdirection and perils of democracy-building."
"Review" by , "[F]ull of jaw-dropping tales of the myriad large and small ways in which Bremer and his team poured fuel into the lethal cauldron that is today's Iraq....[I]t is impossible to read his book without thinking about the larger implications of the story he tells."
"Review" by , "[V]ividly detailed....[Mr. Chandrasekaran's] book gives the reader a visceral — sometimes sickening — picture of how the administration and its handpicked crew bungled the first year in postwar Iraq..."
"Review" by , "This is a dazzling, important, and entertaining work of reportage about the American civilians who tried to remake Iraq, and about the strange, isolated city-state in Baghdad where they failed. Every American who wants to understand how and why things went so badly wrong in Iraq should read this book."
"Review" by , "[A] revealing account of the postwar administration of Iraq....Chandrasekaran's portrait of blinkered idealism is evenhanded, chronicling the disillusionment of conservatives who were sent to a war zone without the resources to achieve lasting change."
"Review" by , "A devastating indictment of the post-invasion failures of the Bush administration."
"Review" by , "With acuity and a fine sense of the absurd, the author peels back the roof to reveal an ant heap of arrogance, ineptitude, and hayseed provincialism."
"Synopsis" by , The Green Zone, Baghdad, 2003: in this walled-off compound of swimming pools and luxurious amenities, Paul Bremer and his Coalition Provisional Authority set out to fashion a new, democratic Iraq. Staffed by idealistic aides chosen primarily for their views on issues such as abortion and capital punishment, the CPA spent the crucial first year of occupation pursuing goals that had little to do with the immediate needs of a postwar nation: flat taxes instead of electricity and deregulated health care instead of emergency medical supplies.

In this acclaimed firsthand account, the former Baghdad bureau chief of The Washington Post gives us an intimate portrait of life inside this Oz-like bubble, which continued unaffected by the growing mayhem outside. This is a quietly devastating tale of imperial folly, and the definitive history of those early days when things went irrevocably wrong in Iraq.

"Synopsis" by , Hailed by "The New York Times Book Review" as absolutely brilliant, this national bestseller examines the numerous self-inflicted pitfalls, miscalculations, and blunders that had plagued the first year of the American occupation of Iraq.
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