Imperial Life in the Emerald City

Inside Iraq's Green Zone
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (10.30 hours)
Product Number: Z100094206
Released: Jun 16, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781481582018
Narrator/s: Ray Porter
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The Washington Post's former Baghdad bureau chief, Rajiv Chandrasekaran, takes us into the Green Zone, headquarters for the American occupation in Iraq. In this bubble separated from wartime realities, the task of reconstructing a devastated nation competes with the distractions of a Little America-a half-dozen bars, a disco, a shopping mall-much of it run by Halliburton. While qualified Americans willing to serve in Iraq are screened for their views on Roe v. Wade, the country is put into the hands of inexperienced twentysomethings chosen for their Republican Party loyalty. Ignoring what Iraqis say they want or need, the team pursues irrelevant neoconservative solutions and pie-in-the-sky policies instead of rebuilding looted buildings and restoring electricity production. Their almost comic initiatives anger the locals and fuel the insurgency. This is a quietly devastating portrait of imperial folly, and an essential book for anyone who wants to understand those early days when things went irrevocably wrong in Iraq.

Original Publish Date: Jan 01, 2006

Professional reviews

""The Green Zone" is the American military's heavily fortified and painstakingly Americanized home in the Saddam Hussein palace complex area of Baghdad--picture food franchises, sports bars, lots of pork and beef. The area soon acquired the moniker "the Emerald City," which refers to the fantasy world it contains, the major fantasy being that U.S./Iraq policy is working. Narrator Ray Porter delivers the author's story of hubris, corruption, excess, and destruction (courtesy of the Bush Administration and Halliburton et al.) with the perfect degree of revulsion, outrage, and disdain. Author Chandrasekaran, former Baghdad bureau chief for the WASHINGTON POST, misses not a detail or nuance in this unintentional black comedyâ nor does the highly professional Porter. D.J.B. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"

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