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Squandered Victory: The American Occupation and the Bungled Effort to Bring Democracy to Iraq

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"Chilling—and often scathing—detail . . . Should be read by anyone interested in understanding why the United States' quick military victory has given way to an increasingly virulent insurgency."—The New York Times

In the fall of 2003, Stanford professor Larry Diamond received a call from Condoleezza Rice, asking if he would spend several months in Baghdad as an adviser to
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Paperback, 416 pages
Published March 21st 2006 by Holt Paperbacks (first published 2005)
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Steven Peterson
Jan 31, 2010 Steven Peterson rated it liked it
Larry Diamond's "Squandered Victory" is interesting but also somewhat disappointing.

Diamond was among those Americans who went to Iraq after the invasion to try to support democratization. One of the sadder aspects of this book is the author's confidence that his forays into the Iraqi community to lead discussions on democracy had any chance of success. As one reads the volume, the optimism seems to have been misplaced (especially given our knowledge of what has happened over time) that it lead
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Stephanie Marie
May 17, 2009 Stephanie Marie rated it liked it
How did this book even get on my radar? I was supposed to have read it over the past semester for my IR in the Middle East class-- I chose it specifically for its name: Squandered Victory. Sounded intense. Obviously wasn't read in time for the final exam. Oops.

It was intense. And extremely informative, if not obsessively so at times. I learned so much about the immediate post-war environment in Iraq-- it was both fascinating and terrifying at the same time. I was not and am not a supporter of Am
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Paul
Mar 19, 2009 Paul rated it liked it
The author is an expert on democratization processes at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. The book Squandered Victory is based on his time working in the Coalition Provisional Authority resulting from his association with a former Stanford University Professor, former National Security Advisor and current Secretary of State, Ms. Condoleezza Rice. Larry Diamond had written several journal articles before the Iraq War and his book was a reflection of his time in Iraq.
Kristina
Imperative to read to understand why and how the United States screwed up in its efforts to "democratize" Iraq. You cannot force democracy on a country at gun point, and this book explains that. Somewhat technical and dry at times, but overall extremely interesting and helpful in understanding geopolitical machinations.
Seligne
May 22, 2009 Seligne rated it it was ok
Read Assassin's Gate or Emerald City and not this book. Packer is too much the professor to write a really engaging read of personalities behind the scenes. A very worthy effort, but for policy wonks and historians.
Nelly
Jan 01, 2008 Nelly rated it really liked it
excellent book, you will be able to understand what went wrong with the war in Iraq from an insider's point of view.
Carl
Oct 21, 2013 Carl rated it really liked it
A very readable and highly accurate account of the many mistakes made during the intial American occupation of Iraq.
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