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.
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.
Daily commuter relying on Audible to keep awake. I need excitement! If something crazy doesn't happen in the first 20 mins I'm done!
I listened to about 1 hour and had to change to something else.
No. I have listened to other spy novels and still love the genre.
Narrator was OK. Storyline was... just... a... snoozefest.
I didn't get through enough of the book to comment.
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.
Nah probably not. Just not my interests, never saw the movie, maybe it's good, either way I couldn't even finish the book.
Really hared to follow with soooo many characters and never quite sure who it is that is telling the story.
Don't really care who
Can I get my credit back for this one? Blahhh boring!
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.