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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0143038168, Paperback)
This all-access, inside-out view of what the American occupation of Iraq really looks like on the ground is the story of two young Americans who went to Baghdad without any real plan and discovered they weren?t the only ones. Underqualified but ingenious, Ray and Jeff found work with the Coalition Provisional Authority providing humanitarian aid to the Iraqi people amid an appalling atmosphere of corruption, incompetence, and horror. Gritty and irreverent, this is a wild ride inside the Red Zone and a strikingly original portrait of the real Iraq.
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"Jeff and Ray had the life: selling YANKEES SUCK T-shirts five months a year in front of Fenway Park and spending the rest of the year traveling the world. Sure, they'd go back to college at some point, but for now, the future was comfortably on hold. Then the play button got pushed for them after the Sox broke their hearts in the 2003 Series: In the painful light of the morning after, they looked at each other and faced up to the fact that they were in danger of becoming losers. Sad cases. What to do, where to go if you're a young American man craving experience and wisdom in late 2003? If you're Jeff Neumann and Ray LeMoine, you go to Baghdad. And so they did." "Not twenty-four hours off the bus in Baghdad they found gainful employment, or at least employment, from their very own government, running the desk in the Coalition Provisional Authority that served as an interface between the CPA and the Iraqi people, fielding complaints and requests for aid from a city of more than five million people. Underqualified? They weren't alone. But Ray and Jeff would prove to be dedicated and ingenious public servants, in their own special way, and they managed to do a great deal of good during their tenure. They also had their full share of the experiences that young people under immense stress in war zones have had from time immemorial, especially young people who return each night to a hermetically sealed safe zone flush with money and all the temptations, legal and illegal, that money attracts."--BOOK JACKET.
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