The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq
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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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
Started with a very interesting account of the philosophical and intellectual run-up to war, followed by on-the-ground assessments. It's just too depressing to enjoy, but makes clear the extent of the negligence and ideological extremism of the neocons and the Bush administration.
10 CIVIL WAR?
11 MEMORIAL DAY
12 SIMPLE CITIZENS
NOTE ON SOURCES
8 OCCUPIED IRAQIS
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