The Assassins' Gate

The Assassins' Gate

America in Iraq

Book - 2006 | 1st paperback ed
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Named one of the Best Books of 2005 by The New York Times , The Washington Post Book World , The Boston Globe , The Chicago Tribune , The San Francisco Chronicle Book Review , The Los Angeles Times Book Review , The New York Times Book Review , USA Today , Time , and New York magazine.

The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq recounts how the United States set about changing the history of the Middle East and became ensnared in a guerrilla war in Iraq. It brings to life the people and ideas that created the Bush administration's war policy and led America to the Assassins' Gate--the main point of entry into the American zone in Baghdad.

The Assassins' Gate also describes the place of the war in American life: the ideological battles in Washington that led to chaos in Iraq, the ordeal of a fallen soldier 's family, and the political culture of a country too bitterly polarized to realize such a vast and morally complex undertaking. George Packer's best-selling first-person narrative combines the scope of an epic history with the depth and intimacy of a novel, creating a masterful account of America's most controversial foreign venture since Vietnam.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006
Edition: 1st paperback ed
ISBN: 9780374530556
0374530556
Branch Call Number: 956.70443 PACKER
Characteristics: 481, [5] p. ; 21 cm

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aa7185619
Mar 07, 2014

If Star had read the review properly he would have seen that America in Iraq is what is referred to in the phrase "What a mess." Once again Mr. Yankee boy has soiled himself all over his democratic principles.

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StarGladiator
Mar 02, 2014

What a mess! says the Library Journal reviewer, and I fully agree. This author's take is a mess as he refuses to follow the money. Oil now flows smoothly to China to keep the multinationals' facilities running - - Iraqi oil is again sold for US dollars, and the Iraqi banking system is open to foreign ownership and the influx of credit derivatives - - Mission Accomplished! The Library Journal reviewer smartly mentions one of PNAC's founding member, Robert Kagan, who is the husband of that neocon appointee by Hillary Clinton to the State Department, Victoria Nuland (and President Obama has remarked that he admires Kagan's writing?!?!?!?) - - so what is to be learned from this book? You got me? (Say, whatever became of that missing $8.7 billion in Iraqi oil funds, which was supposed to go from the Iraqi Trade Bank to the New York Federal Reserve, overseen by the Coalition Provisional Authority's Reuben Jeffery III (now CEO of Rockefeller Financial after the suicide of their last CEO), and JPMorgan Chase's managing director, Daniel Zelikow (and best friend of Timothy Geithner), and chair of the NY Federal Reserve, Timothy Geithner? Or is that question also off the table?)

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beetle101
Jan 31, 2014

Highly recommended, but be forewarned that there isn't much of an upside to the US's first five years in Iraq. Basically the story how a few of our trusted national leadership can screw up the lives of millions in the name of ideology, politics, nationalism and theology. You won't have to wonder any longer why a good portion of the world views the US with a target on its back.

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Cabby
Dec 06, 2007

Finalist of the 2006 Pulitzer prize for non-fiction.

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