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Kenneth

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  • The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By George Packer
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (26)

    The Assassins' Gate, so dubbed by American soldiers, is the entrance to the American zone in the city of Baghdad. In 2003, the United States blazed into Iraq to depose dictator Saddam Hussein. But after three years and unknown thousands killed, that country faces an escalating civil war and an uncertain fate. How did it get to this point?

    D. Flagg says: "Highly Recommended"
    "If you liked/respected Fiasco..."
    Overall

    This is one of those books that will require the author to rewrite the foreword for it with every re-release...I really think this (audio)book is a easily digestible but very scholarly work. The reader isn't too somber but serious enough to respect the subject matter. (If you can hear it there are a few instances where you can hear the reader take a sip of water and resume reading....kinda personal in a good way)....The chapter breakdown is great too...If only all audio books were broken up into as many sections.....
    If you think there are too many books out on Iraq...read 3. This one, Imperial Life in the Emerald City, and Fiasco...I hear Cobra II is pretty epic...but c'mon it costs 2 credits!

    All in all a great balanced read that provides a ideo/philosophical backdrop for what the (hell) the policy planners were thinking.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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