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Nir Rosen’s Aftermath, an extraordinary feat of reporting, follows the contagious spread of radicalism and sectarian violence that the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the ensuing civil war have unleashed in the Muslim world.

Rosen—who the Weekly Standard once bitterly complained has “great access to the Baathists and jihadists who make up the Iraqi insurgency”— has spent nearly a...more
Hardcover, 587 pages
Published October 26th 2010 by Nation Books (first published 2010)
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Zeta Syanthis
"Tough read, but worth it."

In 50 years, I fully expect this book will be used to teach the history of this conflict. It is a masterwork that portrays the conflict from all sides, including that of the innocent bystanders in many countries besides just Iraq. I'm deliberately avoiding talking directly about the specific conflicts in this review, but suffice to say it's very uncomfortable reading. (Not due to writing style as one of the other reviewers stated, but due to the sheer brutality of what...more
Zach Cohen
I purchased this book after listening to the author's interview on Democracy Now recently. Between what I heard there and the glowing endorsements from Noam Chomsky and Andrew Bacevich, both of whom I have immense respect for, I had incredibly high expectations for this book. Nothing could have prepared me for the utter holocaust of writing that is Aftermath. I only made it 25% of the way through before I was overwhelmed with intellectual pain and had to give up on it. I am a very patient and te...more
If you are interested in what is now happening in Iraq (2014), I can't imagine a more prescient book.
Fredrick Danysh
The author blames the United States for the bloodshed and violence in Iraq following its invasion during its war on terror. He says that the US is responsible for the resulting civil war in the Muslim world and does not paint a very flattering picture of America. A definite pro-Muslim view is expressed.
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read excerpts and listened to him recently speaking @ Rice University...I think it is a must read for all who want to understand both sides..and not simply take the word of officialdom simply for granted)....
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Torn between 1 star & 5 star rating. Will have to think about this one.
kind of a long read, but overall it was well worth it...
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Born and raised in New York City, Nir Rosen is a freelance journalist, photographer, and filmmaker whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, Time, Harpers Magazine, The New Republic, Washington Post, Salon, and Rolling Stone. He has spent over three years working in occupied Iraq and four months in Afghanistan; he has also worked in Somalia, the Congo, Syria, Jordan, Egyp...more
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