Imperial Life in the Emerald City

Imperial Life in the Emerald City

Inside Iraq's Green Zone

Book - 2007
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In this unprecedented account, the Washington Post's former Baghdad bureau chief, Raviv Chandrasekaran, takes us with him into the Green Zone, headquarters for the American occupation of Iraq. In this bubble, cut off from wartime realities, where the task of reconstructing a devastated nation competed with the distractions of a Little America were a half-dozen bars stocked with cold beer, a disco where women showed up in hot pants, a shopping mall, and a parking lot filled with shiny new SUV's, much of it run by Halliburton. The country is put into the hands of inexperienced twentysomethings chosen for their Republican Party loyalty. Ignoring what Iraqis say they want or need, the team pursues irrelevant neoconservative solutions and pie-in-the-sky policies instead of rebuilding looted buildings and restoring electricity. Their almost comic initiatives anger the locals and fuel the insurgency. Most Iraqis were barred from entering the Emerald City for fear they would blow it up.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2007
Edition: First Vintage Books edition
ISBN: 9780307278838
0307278832
Branch Call Number: 956.70443 Ch
Description: xii, 365 pages : maps ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Inside Iraq's green zone

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jimmybajax33
Sep 06, 2016

A classic example of short-shortsightedness even when the impetus of one's actions are legitimate and valid...it is hard to believe that with all that 'brain-power' in Washington that the U.S. could have missed so badly...a very good read...

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Daveinportland
Aug 26, 2016

Ever wonder how the USA can spend over a trillion dollars in Iraq and have it come out much worse by any measurement than it was under Saddam 'the great Satan' Hussein? Read this book.

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Swede52
Nov 16, 2010

A look at how badly the Iraq war went and how the CPA did little in helping the Iraq government and people get back on their feet. I liked this book because in gives an in depth look at how badly the Iraq war went.

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mmcla15
Jan 22, 2007

This is a well written account of the early days after the invasion of Iraq. It really depresses me that we have learned so little from our time there as the author details the hubris that we approached the culture, the infighting between State Dept and Defense Dept and generally not thinking through the consequences of the invasion.

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