With these words, Ambassador L. Paul "Jerry" Bremer begins his gripping memoir of 14 danger-filled months as America's proconsul in Iraq. My Year in Iraq is the only senior insider's perspective on the crucial period following the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime. In vivid, dramatic detail, Bremer reveals the previously hidden struggles among Iraqi politicians and America's leaders, taking us from the ancient lanes in the holy city of Najaf to the White House Situation Room and the Pentagon E-Ring.
His memoir carries the listener behind closed doors in Baghdad during hammer-and-tongs negotiations with emerging Iraqi leaders as they struggle to forge the democratic institutions vital to Iraq's future of hope. He describes his private meetings with President Bush and his admiration for the president's firm wartime leadership. And we witness heated sessions among members of America's National Security Council, George Bush, Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, Donald Rumsfeld, and Condoleezza Rice, as Bremer labors to realize the vision he and President Bush share of a free and democratic New Iraq. He admires the selfless and courageous work of thousands of American servicemen and women and civilians in Iraq.
My Year in Iraq is required listening for all those interested in the real story of how America responded to its gravest recent overseas crisis.
©2006 L. Paul Bremer III; (P)2006 Simon & Schuster, Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.
This man was a well documented failure as the presidential envoy in Iraq. In this book he accepts no responsibility for how poorly things went during and after his time in Iraq. He also fails to provide any in depth information on how key decisions were made so that the reader can assign blame between Bremer and Rumsfeld. Not worth reading.
The account of the post liberation effort must be taken with some account to bias, however this book offers insight into the effort to bring democracy to Iraq. The book goes through many of the challenges and political hurdles faced by the coalition forces as well as the author.
While the beginning of the book felt as if ambassador Bremmer had nothing critical to say about the handling of the war, the claws don’t stay hidden for long.
This is a worthwhile listen as long as one bears in mind that the story is told from a very partisan outlook. It is interesting to realise that the viewpoint of those vanquished is often not considered in this account. At the same time, the altruistic intentions of the invasion comes through. At least someone had the guts to remove Saddam although the consequences of that removal were not foreseen. An enjoyable memoir, well read.
sitting with fifty women make him feel like he is still young, and what will be the reaction of his wife, he managed to have good friends in Iraq
Mr. Bremer's account of his time in Iraq is truely insightful of the issues that he and anyone involved have had to face. This book speaks volumes to those willing to risk their own lives to create a better future in Iraq, and a true democracy in the middle east.
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