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Imperial Life In The Emerald City by Rajiv Chandrasekaran
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Jul 14, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: history
Read in August, 2007

A brilliant satire on the occupation of a Middle Eastern country....well it would be, if it weren't true. This gives the reader a fairly shocking insight into the incompetency, arrogance and corruption involved in the Iraq occupation.

The Coalition Provisional Authority sets up shop in one of Saddam's palaces and creates a little bubble of Americana called the Green Zone surrounded by a Baghdad teetering on and, subsequently, falling into an abyss.

The author, Rajiv Chandrasekaran, restrains himself from too much editorializing and lets the main characters speak for themselves. These characters do present themselves as, in the main, honourable people who were woefully out of their depth and/or practising self-deception to a staggering level. There are also tales of corruption and plain stupidity - as well as heroism and selflessness.

An excellent piece of reportage, that is both well-written, witty and ultimately, inceredibly sad.
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July 14, 2007 – Shelved
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September 6, 2007 – Shelved as: history

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