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Red Zone Blues: a snapshot of Baghdad during…

Red Zone Blues: a snapshot of Baghdad during the surge

by Pepe Escobar

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I didn't expect it to be an easy read, very arrhythmic, unsettling and conflicting. All in all a bit hard to follow, with an anti-American flavor. Didn't like it, but always glad to read a different perspective than my own. ( )
  tobiejonzarelli | Jan 10, 2011 |
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Pepe Escobar shows us some of his native Rio de Janerio as some US troops do carnaval there. He also does them in Irak and other parts. He touches on many sins of the soldiers, the hired mercinaries and workers--I know all this is going on, but somehow did not get into the book for insights, or more information. Maybe I can not be a fair reviewer.
  robertsgirl | Aug 18, 2009 |
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Although this is a very short book, and one that I expected would resonate fiercely with my own political outrage, I found it almost unreadable in several earnests attempts. The prose is often baroque and always elliptical, and it is sometimes very difficult to wrest the sense from the short narratives. Rarely have I been so frustrated in my attempts at progress through a book.
  sycoraxpine | Dec 25, 2007 |
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An advance copy from LibraryThing's Early Review program, this is an account of life in Baghdad during the U.S. occupation and the Surge. Escobar paints a harsh picture of conditions there, and the purported agenda of the U.S. toward the Gulf Region. Trouble is, it's hard to disagree with Escobar; it really does seem to me like Cheney & company had designs on the oil wealth of Iraq and Iran from the beginning. In other words, if the chief product of the region had been kumquats, we wouldn't be there. That said, this is a fairly rambling account that often seems to spin off into fairly irrelevant sidebars. ( )
  burnit99 | Dec 16, 2007 |
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Asia Times correspondent Pepe Escobar, author of Globalistan: How the Globalized World Is Dissolving Into Liquid War (Nimble Books, 2007), delivers an unforgettable snapshot of the people of Baghdad during the "surge." Outstanding first-hand reporting mixed with global insight; a must-read for anyone seeking to understand what's happening on the ground in Baghdad.

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