Babylon by Bus: Or true story of two friends who gave up valuable franchise selling T-shirts to find meaning & adventure in Iraq where they became employed by the Occupation...
These are the guys who spend hours talking about how awesome they are sure they are to anyone who will listen. These two losers go to Iraq due ...more
These guys charm, lie, cajole and manipulate their way into being the most effective NGO in Iraq at the time.
That said, this truly was a well written, genuine account of the U.S. occupation of Iraq told rather plainly and eloquently by two young men who put themselves in the thick of it. As any tale of war it is of course gritty and often heartbreaking, but still manages thoughtful insight and healthy doses of humor
The subtitle really does say it all. These two guys, Ray and Jeff, were entrepreneurs of that special breed - they had a mix of natural business sense, imagination and brass cojones that allowed them to lead far ...more
The story is a rambling, disjointed tale that introduces some characters only to never mention them again and others who are not mentioned for 150 pages only to be brought in with a familiarity ...more
The authors, a couple of pill-junkie global wanderers, freely point out how stupid and reckless it was to wander into Iraq, but they were able to get into the Green Zone in Baghdad, become volunteers, and make themselves useful by distributing aid to the Iraqis.
Unarmed, without escort, and un-armored, they went with Iraqi friends in flip-flops, jeans and t-shirts into the Sadr City slums to give out boxes of aid in areas where US troops would not dare set foot.
While no masterpiece, the book is ...more
I fault it for excessive use of acronyms and flagrant use of foul language. Also, it should have had an index.
Still, it offers a fascinating, disturbing, sometimes entertaining, sometimes sad glimps of Iraq during the early days of the U.S. occupatiion -- even if it is told through the eyes of two 20-somethings who apparently were seldom sober and never free of the influence of pills.
Wow, it was so interesting. It was educational concerning procedures and the history of events at the time. And they had great insights into Iraqi culture and the failure of the CPA. As someone whose been in the West Bank, I really enjoyed the beginning chapters of their time and thoughts from there.
Negative points-they named ...more
Moral I gleaned from reading this book, which I'd also learned previously but have increasingly forgotten as I've gotten beyond the initial flush of career path discovery: Screw your immaculately constructed plans and whatnot and just ...more