The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, May 6, 2014 - Political Science - 480 pages
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THE ASSASSINS' GATE: AMERICA IN IRAQ recounts how the United States set about changing the history of the Middle East and became ensnared in a guerilla war in Iraq. It brings to life the people and ideas that created the Bush administration's war policy and led America to the Assassins' Gate—the main point of entry into the American zone in Baghdad. The consequences of that policy are shown in the author's brilliant reporting on the ground in Iraq, where he made four tours on assignment for The New Yorker. We see up close the struggles of American soldiers and civilians and Iraqis from all backgrounds, thrown together by a war that followed none of the preconceived scripts.

The Assassins' Gate also describes the place of the war in American life: the ideological battles in Washington that led to chaos in Iraq, the ordeal of a fallen soldier's family, and the political culture of a country too bitterly polarized to realize such a vast and morally complex undertaking. George Packer's first-person narrative combines the scope of an epic history with the depth and intimacy of a novel, creating a masterful account of America's most controversial foreign venture since Vietnam.

 

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User Review  - chriskrycho - LibraryThing

Packer tells it like it is, with some strange but often helpful quirks of perspective – a lefty who supported the war in Iraq, but was disenchanted with the way it was conducted. Read full review

Long hard slog...

User Review  - phxreader - Overstock.com

Great book. It was not light reading to say the least so at times I found it difficult to read poolside. I needed to be in a less distracting environment to concentrate. It is packed with so much ... Read full review

Contents

PROLOGUE
3
1 AN UNFINISHED WAR
8
2 FEVERED MINDS
39
3 EXILES
66
4 SPECIAL PLANS
100
5 PSYCHOLOGICAL DEMOLITION
149
6 THE PALACE
180
7 THE CAPTAIN
219
10 CIVIL WAR?
333
11 MEMORIAL DAY
370
12 SIMPLE CITIZENS
405
EPILOGUE
442
AFTERWORD
453
NOTE ON SOURCES
467
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
471
INDEX
473

8 OCCUPIED IRAQIS
251
9 INSURGENCIES
296
READING GROUP GUIDE
483
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About the author (2014)

George Packer is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of several books, including Blood of the Liberals (FSG, 2000), winner of the 2001 Robert F. Kennedy Award. He is also the editor of the anthology The Fight Is for Democracy. He lives in Brooklyn.

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