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Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Baghdad's Green Zone by Rajiv Chandrasekaran

Updated: Jun 27, 2019

Alfred A. Knopf, 2006


Riveting, well-written behind the scenes account of the War and Post-war reconstruction period in Iraq (2004).  Scary, sometimes depressing and downright maddening.  Shows incompetence, prioritizing based on ambition, lack of planning due to over-optimism and a frightening display of partisan politics.


"When an Iraqi-American interpreter offered to loan a senior CPA staffer a copy of Hanna Batatu's The Old Social Classes and the Revolutionary Movements of Iraq, a seminal work of regional history, the staffer declined.  He pointed to a small book on his desk. "Everything I need is in here," he said.  The interpreter picked up the book.  It was a tourist guide to Iraq, written in the 1970s."


See by same author: Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan, 2012

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kelliebooksblog
kelliebooksblog
15 abr 2020

I didn't see it but want to. I had the DVD but not sure I still do. Have been meaning to check. Yes, infuriating. Still working on the book Hubris. But hoping you'll finish it first and tell me about it, it's pretty dense.

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yvonnelemonnier
yvonnelemonnier
15 abr 2020

That remark about Iraq by the American staffer--frightening! Did you ever see the movie The Green Zone? So anger-making!

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