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Contrary to today's news headlines, there always was a detailed plan for what would happen to postwar Iraq. But it had little do with the banners under which the American and British governments cynically marketed their invasion of Iraq - democracy, freedom and fighting terrorism. As if in a giant hostile takeover, the real intentions of the Iraqi invasion were dishonestly ...more
Paperback, 104 pages
Published June 2nd 2005 by Gibson Square Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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David Sarkies
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Essays on the Iraq War
5 May 2012

I should open by suggesting that this book was not actually written by Naomi Klein, and I am glad that I checked up on this before I wrote this review. The main reason is because it originally was supposed to be an essay that Klein wrote on the Iraq War, however the problem was that the essay that she wrote was free, and also she was writing the Shock Doctrine at the time which included everything that the essay contained, but in a much more expanded format. I ca
Sham Al-Ghazali
Aug 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Several essays in this book! All fantastic and although everything has taken place it's important to have a look out for narratives at the time. Especially the "No terrorism" essay
Mar 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent little book. I enjoyed the peek behind the gloss of advertised American democracy. For me this is not particularly revelatory, as I had some awareness of the motivations and even the mechanics. However it did provide more interesting and revelatory details of American hegemony posturing as capitalistic democracy.

Three of the four writers who contributed were excellent and told their stories well. And that each approached the central subject from different perspectives — grou
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Leaves the reader more than a little disturbed.

The 95 small pages are really four lengthy, discordant magazine articles.

Klein's article, 'Baghdad Year Zero', is an enthralling look at how the Iraq War was ultimately a neocon economic experiment. Klein details how the neocon attempt at transforming Iraq into essentially a special economic zone devoid of any government control turned what was meant to be the best place to do business in the world into what the Economist soon ranked as the worst.

Jul 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: politics
A little disappointing. Naomi Klein's view of the Iraq War as part of the neocon shock doctrine...
Dec 06, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: philosophy, politics
Feb 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a bite-sized version of the ideas that would become The Shock Doctrine. Available free and online. Definitely worth an hour or so of your time.
Jul 31, 2015 rated it liked it
War has become advertising – packaged propaganda where true intent is buried. This collection of essays reflects on how the neocons beat the drums of war in Iraq and brought a country to its knees.
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