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Preview — The Assassins' Gate by George Packer
The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq
The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq recounts how the United States set about changing the history ...more
الكاتب هنا تحدث مع شخصيات عراقية وامريكيه..مغرمة بغزو العراق..وضح وجهات نظرهم..وذكر أحداث ووقائع ماقبل الغزو وأثناء الاحتلال الامريكي وأزمة الاكراد..وفترة حكم بول بريمر
لا أتذكر الاحداث قبل الغزو واثناء الاحتلال..وعن هذه الفترة بالذات كنت صغيرة..وساعدني هذا الكتاب
لمين يريد ان يقرا عن هذة الفترة ...more
Packer spends relatively little time on the American domestic politics of the war, which is a good thing, because he is a piss-poor political analyst, and a deeply dishonest one to boot. His ...more
يصف الكاتب الأحداث التي سبقت الحرب من سوء التحضير والفهم غير الواضح لطبيعة المنطقة من قبل صناع القرار في أمريكا وعدم وضوح الأهداف من الحرب محللا أسباب الفوضى التي نتجت.
ثم يرسم المؤلف تأثير التغييرات بعد الحرب على العراقيين من مختلف الفئات والطبقات عبر شخصيات عايشها وحاورها بنفسه.
Assassin’s Gate is an excellent read, and a good prim ...more
The neocons and Bush had decided to go after Iraq for a variety of reasons before 9/11. The concern then became how to sell that decision. Shortly after ...more
Packer begins by looking at the intellectual underpinnings of the Iraq War, not the WMD nonsense, but the neocon extremists who convinced themselves that we had a mission to bring democracy to the Middle East. Their motivations may not have been the same as Cheney’s but they dovetailed well. This is ...more
It was kind of like.... Like watching the video of the Challenger's last flight. You know what's coming, and you keep wishing it would go another way, but then it's "Shuttle go at throttle up" and there's b ...more
I won't lie, it's not the easiest for me to follow, since Sean is the History teacher and fascinated by all things historical. Yet, along the lines of nearly every book pushed on Jon Stewart and Steve Colbert's shows, it's a book I feel I must work to comp ...more
The great thing about this book is that it takes the audience ...more
One thing I'd really like to stress about this book: CNN and most news agencies do not bring you the true story. They look to me to be handing ...more
A wide range of perspectives are represented here, including a U.S. soldier thrust into the role of a civil administrator, an Iraqi intellectual anxious to see Saddam removed ...more
Packer has written the most definitive account to date of the Iraq War, thanks to exceptional reporting and wide-ranging research that put the U.S. invasion into its true historical and political context. Even with the outcome of the war uncertain__and no end of the U.S. occupation in sight__The Assassins' Gate will likely stand for years to come as the seminal book chronicling what one critic called "the greatest foreign policy debacle in U.S. history." Critics__who seemed to be opponents of th...more
(i had always thought of the chalabi plan as being the puppe ...more
If you only read one book about the Iraq War, make it this one.
Top to bottom, stem to stern. From the thought processes of Bush's White House to actual on the ground reporting in Baghdad, Packer takes you everywhere.
He is a direhard liberal who supported this war so there is no need to worry about his being too myopic. You meet fascinating people whom you probably won't hear about in everyday news and who are shaping history as we speak.
Small vingettes and large canvasses, ruminations and well-t ...more
More than anything else, Packer George Packer puts a human face on the Iraqis, who are all to often forgotten while we engage in partisan debates of whether this is an occupation or a liberation, and US soldiers, who are shown as human beings (brave, intelligent, frustrated, scared, angry) and not just bumper sticker fodder.
While Packer certainly has his views on the invasion an ...more
I believe it was published in 2005, so it really only covers 3 years.
It's a good book. It's real. The author, I believe, realizes that it's foolish to tie such a recent series of events together with a theory. So, it feels disjointed.
My one quibble: The author definitely brings up the jewish neo-con factor. Was it in passing, just to acknowledge it, or was it a wink at some sup ...more