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In March 2004, Capt. Jason Whiteley was appointed the governance officer for Al Dora, one of Baghdad’s most violent districts. His job was to establish and oversee a council structure for Iraqis that would allow them to begin governing themselves.The nature of persuading Iraqis to support the coalition quickly progressed from simply granting them privileges to ignore ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Potomac Books
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May 19, 2011 Jason Whiteley rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I will say it up front. I am biased, but I think you should have a clear understanding of what this book does not do. It does not tell a war story, nor outline the trials of an American hero. Instead, the book places you into a very real, very personal struggle between principle and practice.

Yes, this story happens in Iraq, but it is not a story about Iraq. It is a story about humanity, its fragility, and, one hopes, its resilience.
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Brilliant author! Captured my attention from the first page and never let go. This book gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the Iraq War from the eyes of someone who witnessed it first-hand. It's primarily focused on the political aspects of war, more so than the combat. I thought it was a very interesting book.
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The book is honest and was quite entertaining as well. It also gives a big reality check on Counter-insurgency and how it can go wrong.
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Jason is a distinguished graduate of the United States Military Academy and an Iraq veteran. After leaving the Army in 2005, Jason attended Georgetown University. He graduated in 2009 with a joint-degree in law and international finance from the Georgetown University Law Center and the Georgetown School of Foreign Service.

Jason is a keen observer of foreign affairs and frequently comments on the c
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“In a place of extreme violence and devoid of order, the practical subsumes the principle. I drifted down the path of bribery and corruption endemic to the streets of Baghdad” 2 likes
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