HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside…
Loading...

Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone (2006)

by Rajiv Chandrasekaran

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
1,385408,585 (4.01)57
  1. 10
    The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq by George Packer (rakerman)
    rakerman: Assassin's Gate gives a different but overlapping perspective on many of the issues covered in Imperial Life in the Emerald City; they are good companion books.
  2. 10
    Naples '44: An Intelligence Officer in the Italian Labyrinth by Norman Lewis (wandering_star)
    wandering_star: Plus ça change... life as a foreign occupier, however friendly, seems to have faced similar challenges in very different environments.
  3. 00
    Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda by Roméo Dallaire (wandering_star)
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 57 mentions

Showing 1-5 of 40 (next | show all)
Imperial Life in the Emerald City describes what went wrong with the reconstruction of Iraq. It was a sad book to read because it pointed out all of the opportunities lost. Although it pointed out a lot of major missteps, I found that it was not politically skewed or motivated. The author did paint some of members of the Busch administration in a bad light, but at the same time it seemed clear that they really thought they were doing the right thing at the time. I enjoyed reading this book and felt that it helped me understand what is going on in Iraq. I just wish that we hadn't messed everything up so badly to begin with. ( )
  Cora-R | Jul 31, 2019 |
It would be a comedy of errors, if it weren't so tragic. ( )
  Seafox | Jul 24, 2019 |
"An unprecedented account of life in Baghdad's Green Zone, a walled-off enclave
of towering plants, posh villas, and sparkling swimming pools that was the
headquarters for the American occupation of Iraq. The Washington Post's former
Baghdad bureau chief Rajiv Chandrasekaran takes us with him into the Zone: into
a bubble, cut off from wartime realities, where the task of reconstructing a
devastated nation competed with the distractions of a Little America. Most
Iraqis were barred from entering the Emerald City for fear they would blow it
up. Chandrasekaran tells the story of the people and ideas that inhabited the
Green Zone during the occupation, from the imperial viceroy L. Paul Bremer III
to the fleet of twentysomethings hired to implement the idea that Americans
could build a Jeffersonian democracy in an embattled Middle Eastern country."
--jacket
  collectionmcc | Mar 6, 2018 |
A glimpse of the military life inside the 'green zone' at the start of the U.S. attack on Iraq (3/03) Really shows how beer tried to manage things with no thought of how the Iraqis were affected. Another view of this comedy of errors. The title indicates how the military took over one of Saddam's palaces and lived in a little world unto themselves.
  camplakejewel | Sep 26, 2017 |
Chandrasekaran wrote an impressive account of life in Iraq in the first few years of the U.S. occupation. He's balanced, but he relates the reality of incompetence and arrogance among the Americans with unflinching honesty. ( )
  nmele | Sep 7, 2017 |
Showing 1-5 of 40 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Information from the German Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Information from the German Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Do not try to do too much your own hands. Better the Arabs do it tolerably than that you do it perfectly. It is their war, nad you are to help them, not to win it for them. Actually, also, under the very odd conditions of Arabia, your practical work will not be as good as, perhaps, you think it is. (T. E. Lawrence, August 20, 1917)
Dedication
First words
Quotations
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Publisher series
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS
Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307278832, Paperback)

The Green Zone, Baghdad, 2003: in this walled-off compound of swimming pools and luxurious amenities, Paul Bremer and his Coalition Provisional Authority set out to fashion a new, democratic Iraq. Staffed by idealistic aides chosen primarily for their views on issues such as abortion and capital punishment, the CPA spent the crucial first year of occupation pursuing goals that had little to do with the immediate needs of a postwar nation: flat taxes instead of electricity and deregulated health care instead of emergency medical supplies.

In this acclaimed firsthand account, the former Baghdad bureau chief of The Washington Post gives us an intimate portrait of life inside this Oz-like bubble, which continued unaffected by the growing mayhem outside. This is a quietly devastating tale of imperial folly, and the definitive history of those early days when things went irrevocably wrong in Iraq.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:17:12 -0400)

(see all 4 descriptions)

"The Washington Post's former Baghdad bureau chief Rajiv Chandrasekaran takes us with him into the Zone: into a bubble, cut off from wartime realities, where the task of reconstructing a devastated nation competed with the distractions of a Little America." "Drawing on hundreds of interviews and internal documents, Chandrasekaran tells the story of the people and ideas that inhabited the Green Zone during the occupation, from the imperial viceroy L. Paul Bremer III to the fleet of twentysomethings hired to implement the idea that Americans could build a Jeffersonian democracy in an embattled Middle Eastern country."--BOOK JACKET.

» see all 9 descriptions

Quick Links

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (4.01)
0.5
1 2
1.5
2 10
2.5 1
3 43
3.5 25
4 127
4.5 16
5 79

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 138,089,331 books! | Top bar: Always visible