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Arrows of the Night: Ahmad Chalabi's Long Journey to Triumph in Iraq

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In 1958, Ahmad Chalabi’s wealthy Shiite family was exiled from Iraq after a revolution that ultimately put Saddam Hussein in power. The young Chalabi devoted his life to restoring his family to prominence. His first coup attempt was in 1963 at age nineteen, while on a school break from MIT. His next was aided by Iranian intelligence. But as the years passed and Saddam stay ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by Doubleday (first published November 15th 2011)
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An extremely interesting book which shows the efforts one man made to regain his family's role in Iraq. Chalabi's efforts show the duplicity of most power brokers but especially the power brokers in a culture that is so different from the West.
The author did a good job of telling the story from as many sides as possible. He lays out the information from various sources and then lets the reader decide how they choose to determine the situations described.
I didn't know much about Chalabi prior t

This book will get 3/5 rating from me. As well written and extensive and thorough this book was,
It had intentionally greatly undermined in my opinion the role of Zionists in the US administration to push for this war for reasons that relate to Israeli's security. This whole showing that Chalabi was a genius maneuverist guy who lured a superpower to fight his war is not convincing. They were not tricked by Chalabi, It was mentioned plenty in the book itself they knew he was shady and yet they wer
Nov 30, 2014 Don rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I really enjoyed this book despite the lack of a worthy photo plates section. Seeing some of the individuals, or seeing Ahmad Chalabi himself posed in various settings discussed, if only as he appeared during interviews on Bonin's own 60 Minutes, would have been helpful. I realize there are certain limitations in getting rights to publish such photos, and probably a pain to pursue when getting the story out is the main priority of an author, and long after the events may merit doing so who have ...more
This is an amazing book that every American should read...especially if you've paid taxes over the past decades and wonder why/where that money went vis-a-vis Iraq. It's the true story of how one man, Iraqi-born Ahmad Chalabi became a pivotal figure in American foreign policy and paved the way for involvement in the Iraq war. Written beautifully and openly by Richard Bonin, producer of 60 Minutes, the book details Chalabi's machinations from the time his family was exiled from Iraq, to his priva ...more
I can't say that I understand politics and I would probably go completely insane if I suddenly decided to delve into it head first and try to navigate my way through the muck but I can believe the gullibility and the deviousness of the game, and that is what it is, a game.

Ahmad Chalabi was probably a great chess player, although there was no mention of him ever sitting down and playing with little plastic pieces and making strategic moves across a cardboard, he used real people to and moved them
The book tells the story of Ahmed Chalabi who had to flee his country Iraq at a very young age with his father and family. His next 45 years outside Iraq focused on getting back to Iraq and shaping the future of Iraq with his own genius. Highly educated and being very charming, he tried to manipulate US to dethrone Saddam. He did not give US the idea to dethrone Saddam, rather US and Chalabi shared the same passion for different reasons. They tried to use each other to gain what they wanted to g ...more
The story of how Chalabi helped game the United States into war with Iraq, but also achieve his own goal of returning to that country in triumph almost half a century after he and his family were driven out. A compelling work that is thoroughly researched and rings true about Chalabi and his neoconservative cabal's machinations in this regard. He doesn't come off particularly well obviously, a deceiving power-hungry conman who helped destroy the country of his birth, but he is also one of those ...more
Stephen Schiavone
Very interesting take on the run up to the American invasion in Iraq. Author tries to show the points of view of the major player and lets the reader be the judge. However, sometimes I feel that he is bending over backwards to be fair. A must read if you are interested about the Iraq war.
Maybe don't read this if you're still mad about the Iraq war and the lying and machinations that got us into it. Chalabi is a narcissist, embezzler, charlatan, and a manipulator. And yet, my greatest disdain is still reserved for Wolfowitz, Perle, and the other neocons who befriended him.
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