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My Year in Iraq: The Struggle to Build a Future of Hope

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""Baghdad was burning." With these words, Ambassador L. Paul "Jerry" Bremer begins his memoir of fourteen danger-filled months as America's proconsul in Iraq. My Year in Iraq is the only senior insider's perspective on the crucial period following the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime. In dramatic detail, Bremer reveals the previously hidden struggles among Iraqi politic ...more
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Published January 9th 2006 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published November 21st 1387)
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أبو جعفر  الكراني
أثار هذا الكتاب كم كبير من الأسئلة فبعد 12 سنة من احتلال العراق لم يوجد سوى قوى سياسية ضعيفة و فاسدة و إدار غير كفوءة للبلد و مقدراته و إنقسام مستفحل و عميق بين مكوناته و بيئة خصبة لتيارات التكفيرية
Stuart
Dec 21, 2014 Stuart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Whether you agreed or disagreed with the US decision in 2003 to lead a coalition to Iraq in order to overthrow Saddam Hussein, this book will provide an enlightening view of the politics and turmoil that went on in the country in the year following the collapse of the Ba'athist regime.

As the book was written in 2006, it's perspective is current rather than historical. It was written by the head of the US occupation force and so, of course, portrays that administration in a favorable light. Howe
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Brian
Paul Bremer provides a clear and concise look at the state of affairs in Iraq under the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) during his tenure as the head of Iraq. There are many lessons to be learned from what happened in Iraq and the understanding that this was to be the largest reconstruction project since Germany and Japan is often lost on many people who study this area. It is amazing to see the state that Saddam had driven the country to during his tenure. A moderate middle class was comp ...more
Marlene
I found this book very interesting. First, let me say that if you read it and bring in your emotions about the Iraq War, then I think you will miss the essence of it. It is Paul Bremmer's story of his year in Iraq; the duties he had and the work he did. Like him or not, his accounting from his eyes was quite a story. I recall most of this stuff, but always as separate pieces. To read this all together gave me a whole new perspective. First of all, I think I would have packed my bags and gone hom ...more
Robert Maier
Apr 22, 2012 Robert Maier rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Poor Paul Bremer, so incompetent, he couldn't even write his own book, much less manage the Iraq mess. His story is of a country-club diplomat and Bush crony thrust into a situation miles above his head who spends 400 pages on finger-pointing, ducking responsibility, doing nothing and causing countless problems through his ignorance and hubris. Most famous was his pointless disbanding of the Iraqi army which bred chaotic violence and gang rule for a decade.

I made it about 3/4 of the way through
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Odai Alsaeed
Feb 01, 2009 Odai Alsaeed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
لم تخذلني الترجمة في هذا الكتاب الذي ينعش الذاكرة باحداث تلك الفترة التي حكم فيها هذا السفير الشديد الولاء لوطنه. كوني على اضطلاع ومواكبة لجميع احداث تلك الحقبة من الزمن لم اكتسب اي جديدمن الكاتب غير كما ذكرت انه اعاد الى ذاكرتي بعض الامورالمنسية. الكتاب خلا من اراء الكاتب الشخصية رغم ان قراته امر مسلي كون ان السرد جيد ومتناسق.
Najeeb Hanoudi
Jul 17, 2007 Najeeb Hanoudi added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no body
this is a lot of useless talk
Brian
Paul Bremer provides a clear and concise look at the state of affairs in Iraq under the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) during his tenure as the head of Iraq. There are many lessons to be learned from what happened in Iraq and the understanding that this was to be the largest reconstruction project since Germany and Japan is often lost on many people who study this area. It is amazing to see the state that Saddam had driven the country to during his tenure. A moderate middle class was comp ...more
R.M.F Brown
Jul 25, 2013 R.M.F Brown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was once said of the British army that it had the ability to find the least qualified commander and propel him to high office. Marx's observation that history repeats itself first as tragedy, then as farce, is clearly something the powers that be in Washington were not familiar with.

If there was a list of suitable candidates to govern post-invasion Iraq, Paul Bremer would have struggled to make that list. A man who hadn't even visited the country and didn't speak a word of Arabic, suddenly f
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Zach Freeman
Oct 15, 2007 Zach Freeman rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People interested in Iraq
L. Paul Bremer, or "Jerry" as he is called by his friends and coworkers (it's never revealed why, though... why do they call him Jerry?), spent 14 months in Iraq. Not the happiest time in his life he is very quick to point out. Bremer is given an almost impossible task: prepare war-torn and recently tyrant-less Iraq to be a democratic nation.

Throughout the book we witness events unfolding "firsthand" (I use quotations there, because we can never truly know what was said in private meetings or h
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Muhammed
يبين بريمر في هذا الكتاب الكثير من الاحداث المهمة التي جرت خلف الكواليس في الفترة الحرجة التي اعقبت سقوط صدام، قد تكون اميركا اجبرت على اتخاذ الكثير من القرارات لعدم وجود بدائل او ضمانات، ولكن بشكل عام يظهر بريمر اميركا بالوجه المشرق دائما وحتى خياراتها السيئة يعزيها دائما الى الاضطرار، مع ذلك فان الكتاب مهم باعتباره على اقل تقدير يمثل وجهة النظر الاميركية للأحداث في العراق
Frances Johnson
Jan 04, 2015 Frances Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book. Most of the books on Iraq are seen through the lens of the military. L.Paul Bremer, America's first Ambassador to Iraq tells the story of those first days through the lens of a civilian. It's a fast paced story of what happened during those days and his work with the Coalition Government.
Rich
Nov 20, 2008 Rich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a member of the CPA who saw Bremer on a near daily basis it was interesting to hear his account of meetings and decisions. He dealt with a wide variety of issues, especially political ones, that most of us never considered as too important but in the grand context were evidently crucial. He fails to mention some key players, like Tony McDonald or Spyke Stevenson, and under emphasizes the key roles of people like Dave Oliver, Amb Kennedy, and ADM Nash. That said it was a good read to understan ...more
Hussein Saad
لماذا أضيع وقتي بقراءة كتاب سيء مثل هذا
بينما انا عراقي وعاش الاحداث التي كتبها وزاد عليها
Allen Price
Jan 24, 2008 Allen Price rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book for its depiction of the chaotic mess he inherited from the post invasion disaster of the Bush administration. The superhuman effort that was required to govern this country as the benevolent American "king". The book paints the road as one never traveled in modern times with an almost total absence of signposts and yardsticks.

Enjoying this doesn't require a love or hate of George Bush, but only a desire to know, at least second-hand, "What the hell went on there?" Bremer comes
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John
Jan 19, 2010 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually this is a surprisingly well written account of the first 14 months of the occupation of iraq. Bremer may be a good writer himself or he found the perfect ghost writer. One really gets a sense of the culture and personalities of iraq and iraqis. Vivid and fresh descriptions envliven what could be a tedious political account. This may one day be a truly valuable source for historians.
Marci
Aug 28, 2008 Marci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very interesting book. The obstacles that they faced, not only from what was destroyed with the bombing but also from Saddam's lack of interest in developing his country, were pretty much insurmountable. Fascinating.
Ali Al-Birminghami
May 09, 2007 Ali Al-Birminghami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: iraq
Fascinating insight into the daily workings of an ambassador and the complexities of Iraqi politics. Gives a detailed account of the power plays going on and alludes to the causes of the current security problem.
Will James
Perhaps one of the most painful reads I have ever endured. Unfortunately, this surely is a must read for anyone interested in the 2003 Iraq War and its aftermath.
Bethany armstrong
Bremer does a good job trying to explain his year...made me loose even more respect for the Administration and their incompetency.
Safaa Hasan
Mar 17, 2011 Safaa Hasan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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So far, it's really good document shows what happened during 2003-2004
Mikhail
Oct 10, 2012 Mikhail is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
so far so good...helps me understand what was really going on over there.
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