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This is definitely a case of truth beggaring fiction. I found this account of America's occupation and attempted transformation of post-Hussein Iraq to be riveting--a kind of masochistic fascination is perhaps the best way to describe it. Eight years after the book was written, there has still been no adequate response to the indictment it embodies, even though the account Chandrasekaran presents is substantially undisputed.
The picture here is so appalling that it is hard not to suspect (hope?) that the author has neglected to report some positive aspects of the U.S. occupation, but one looks in vain for such material elsewhere. What's more, his on-the-spot access to the events and personnel involved with the story was clearly extraordinary. So in the end his reportage, compellingly straightforward and extremely well written, is convincing.
Ray Porter's voicing of the book was, in keeping with all his work, superb.
Do not be misled by the cover art for the book. The "Green Zone" movie starring Matt Damon was a piece of fiction inspired by but definitely distinct from this non-fiction work.
You will be fascinated by this book. The best written current-events book I've come across in a long while, Imperial Life is almost a novel in its clear delineation and development of the characters of the Green Zone and the suspense building up to the debacle you already know will happen.
I don't have time to read for pleasure, so this is the only way I can digest books like this.
I am a veteran, and I lived through this with a front row seat. The stupidity and corruption described in this book only scratches the surface. Read this book, and the next time you feel like the government has the answers, remember what you learned from this tragic story.
I love a good book...
What a story...ill planned and carried out even worse, how can a country go to war without any idea of what the plan is once you've won...Iraq could have been a tremendous success but instead it left a nation that is growing more terrorists and making live even more risky. The book makes that very clear. Ray Porter did an excellent job bring a difficult book to life.
I work a lot. I can listen to books while I work. My new hobby. Thank God I can multi-task!
Maybe, I need to read this book and check the facts. A lot of this I didn't know
His voice, sounds very "as a matter of fact" kind.
The plight of the Iraqis. Need to double check a lot of these facts, to be convinced that this story is as good as it seems.
Iwill recommend this book to most of my friends.
I really wanted to like this book but it literally sucked the life out of me. As each new layer of the onion that was the occupation of Iraq was peeled away I was reminded more and more of why our poor Nation is in debt while billions of dollars were squandered and misspent.
Yes. Incredibly depressing.
How easily it was to scam money from the Bush administration.
I was a bit worried this book would be a lefty hatchet job and whilst the account certainly helps to make a case for those who were critical of the post invasion phase of the Iraq war, it was laid out in a very factual and coherent manner.Its the facts themselves that are shocking.Numerous accounts of qualified and experienced (and often republican) personnel in key positions being replaced at key moments with unqualified, inexperienced friends of the administration, or politically-motivated appointees was deeply troubling.I already knew some of this, such as Garner's replacement early on, but there were many others.I struggle to understand how those involved could disregard the damage they were doing for the sake of winning an un-winnable political argument.
So many bad decisions, but the key ones:
- indiscriminate de-Bathification
- disbanding the Iraqi army
Thankfully Bush did belatedly come to his senses and change direction, by lessening Cheney's influence, and replacing Rumsfeld with Gates.I was against the Iraq war from the start, but I felt once we were in, we couldn't just abandon the country to chaos, and I think Gates did about as good a job as anyone could have in that situation.
I also want to spare a thought for all of our military personnel whose sacrifice was needed to clean-up the damage done by this phase of the invasion. Thank you!
Yes- I now understand the truth about "Bubble" American planning. I now understand why most of the planning attempted within the beltway has very little to do with us, outside the beltway.
Amazed at the channeling of dialog and the great understanding about what others are thinking and saying. NASA should hire the author. I would sleep safer at night.
Yes I now know the truth about Bush and Cheney. I now can see why the ruling politicians enact such useless regulations for the lowly american citizens. It is the "Bubbles" fault.
I work. I ski. I play. I write. I have a family. I garden. I coach. I volunteer. I sketch. I run. I read.
This is a good production. The reader is able to distinguish characters well. The story is a disturbing account of the US occupation of Iraq. The book keeps good time.
I saw the movie first, The Green Zone, and decided to follow up with the source material. Glad I did. Years have passed since the events of this narrative, but it only serves to remind me how hopelessly skewed the whole endeavor was from the outset--and why it didn't have to be. It's tragic.