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Publisher Description

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER National Book Award Finalist • This "eyewitness history of the first order ... should be read by anyone who wants to understand how things went so badly wrong in Iraq” (The New York Times Book Review).

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.

September 19
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

WaveSkiBoy ,

A year in the Bush/Bremer lunatic asylum of Iraq

Care to know more about the incompetence, stupidity, blindness and hubris of the Iraq war? Want learn more about the utter idiocy of Bremer, Wolfowitz, Doug Feith and the rest of the confederacy of imbeciles who totally screwed up the invasion and occupation? This is the book for you. Without diatribe or attack, it calmly and vividly paints a picture of such utter willful ignorance and chauvinism that if you hated Bush and his cronies before, you'll despise them after.

An alternative title for the book could have been A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES......

T Brankin ,

Imperial Life...

A stunning and in-depth look at the complexity of trying to establish democracy in a country and region that inherently doesn't understand the concept! Made me realize how fortunate we are in the US that, as a nation, we have accepted the notion. Because, as this book illustrates, unless the notion of democracy is willfully and voluntarily accepted, even the best intentions of good willed people will go unfulfilled. This is a great book!

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