Imperial Life in the Emerald City

Imperial Life in the Emerald City

Inside Iraq's Green Zone

eBook - 2006
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A National Book Award Finalist and New York Times Bestseller

The Green Zone, Baghdad, Iraq, 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.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2006
ISBN: 9780307265920
Characteristics: x, 320 p. :,map ;,25 cm
Alternative Title: Inside Iraq's green zone


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Sep 06, 2016

A classic example of short-shortsightedness even when the impetus of one's actions are legitimate and 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...

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.

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.

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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