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The Mess They Made: The Middle East After Iraq

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  121 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
As Iraq descends ever closer to civil war, no one doubts that George W. Bush's Iraq strategy has been an abysmal failure -- just as Gwynne Dyer argued it would be in both Ignorant Armies and Future: Tense. The question now is what will happen not just in Iraq but in the whole Middle East region once American troops are withdrawn. In The Mess They Made, Dyer predicts that t ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published June 11th 2007 by McClelland & Stewart
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Jul 22, 2012 John rated it it was amazing
I bought my copy at a speaking engagement by Dyer. At the time, when he was saying the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq had already been lost, in fact the moment they began, it seemed all wrong. It was all right. Dyer has a way of saying things people don't want to hear, that tuen out to be the way it goes.
Norm Deguerre
Nov 27, 2011 Norm Deguerre rated it did not like it
Absolute trash. To think that somebody who would turn out as flawed and poorly constructed as this book is a tenured history professor and biweekly column journalist is absurd.

Look no further than the absolute dearth of citations, and the many unsubstantiated claims and predictions of the future passed off as undeniable fact.

Dyer, this book, and your historiography is laughable.

Quotes from a book review by Ethan Bronner that sum up this work:

-...Dyer's central argument, that nearly all the prob
Ashley Macgregor
Sep 09, 2014 Ashley Macgregor rated it really liked it
There's no doubt about the mess they made. This book provides an excellent background to the situation. Dyer's predictions are very close to what's happening now. Anyone interested in the Middle east needs to read this book.
TheIron Paw
Dec 14, 2009 TheIron Paw rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Dyer provided me with much background and interpetation about the current Irag war that I had missed (likely because its covered less than Afghanistan in the Canadian media). Current events books can go out of date quickly, and this one is a little behind current events due to the new presidential regime in the Whitehouse. However Dyer's interpretations and predictions remain valid (though he seemed to believe Bush was intent on invading Iran). I found the editing in the book to be a little belo ...more
Trudy Jaskela
Jun 01, 2012 Trudy Jaskela rated it really liked it
Author a respected journalist/author, born in Newfoundland, lived in Canada for many years, who now lives in Great Britain. I believe he researches well. This is his critique of the American-Iraqi war. Lots of truths contained in the book. Well writen, easy to read.
Gary Maunder
Dec 26, 2011 Gary Maunder rated it really liked it
Dyer's book clarifies a chaotic situation. He discusses clear options for dealing with the mess of the Iraq war and its consequences for the United States, Great Britain and the rest of the world.
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Jul 20, 2013 Omar El-Shamy rated it liked it
Shelves: سياسة
كتاب جيد نظراً لأن النسخة الأولي منه كانت في عام 2008
ففي هذا الكتاب يتنبأ باكثير من الأحداث التى حدثت في وطننا العربي فيما يعرف بالربيع العربي
Feb 13, 2008 Sheri added it
bought it for my husband for Valentine's Day.
hoping to read it too.
i saw Gwynne in person years ago. he's v. interesting.
Marc Forget
Sep 05, 2007 Marc Forget rated it really liked it
clears away a lot of the noise from the media, quick clean read.
Feb 12, 2013 Michael rated it really liked it
my fav. canadian journalist, he's a genius
Sep 01, 2014 Mary rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
About the war in Iraq; well written
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Gwynne Dyer, OC is a London-based independent Canadian journalist, syndicated columnist and military historian.

Dyer was born in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador (then the Dominion of Newfoundland) and joined the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve at the age of sixteen. While still in the naval reserve, he obtained a BA in history from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1963; an MA in military h
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