Imperial Life in the Emerald City by Rajiv Chandrasekaran audiobook

Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone

By Rajiv Chandrasekaran
Read by Ray Porter

Blackstone Publishing
10.31 Hours Unabridged
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The Washington Post’s former Baghdad bureau chief, Rajiv Chandrasekaran, takes us into the Green Zone, headquarters for the American occupation in Iraq. In this bubble separated from wartime realities, the task of reconstructing a devastated nation competes with the distractions of a Little America—a half-dozen bars, a disco, a shopping mall—much of it run by Halliburton. While qualified Americans willing to serve in Iraq are screened for their views on Roe v. Wade, the country is put into the hands of inexperienced twentysomethings chosen for their Republican Party loyalty. Ignoring what Iraqis say they want or need, the team pursues irrelevant neoconservative solutions and pie-in-the-sky policies instead of rebuilding looted buildings and restoring electricity production. Their almost comic initiatives anger the locals and fuel the insurgency. This is a quietly devastating portrait of imperial folly, and an essential book for anyone who wants to understand those early days when things went irrevocably wrong in Iraq.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 2007 Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction

Winner of the 2006 Cornelius Ryan Award

A 2006 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction

A 2007 Guardian First Book Award Finalist

A 2006 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Current Interest

A 2007 New York Times Book Review Top 10 Book of the Year

New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction, 2007

The Washington Post’s former Baghdad bureau chief, Rajiv Chandrasekaran, takes us into the Green Zone, headquarters for the American occupation in Iraq. In this bubble separated from wartime realities, the task of reconstructing a devastated nation competes with the distractions of a Little America—a half-dozen bars, a disco, a shopping mall—much of it run by Halliburton. While qualified Americans willing to serve in Iraq are screened for their views on Roe v. Wade, the country is put into the hands of inexperienced twentysomethings chosen for their Republican Party loyalty. Ignoring what Iraqis say they want or need, the team pursues irrelevant neoconservative solutions and pie-in-the-sky policies instead of rebuilding looted buildings and restoring electricity production. Their almost comic initiatives anger the locals and fuel the insurgency.

This is a quietly devastating portrait of imperial folly, and an essential book for anyone who wants to understand those early days when things went irrevocably wrong in Iraq.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Absolutely brilliant. It is eyewitness history of the first order...It should be read by anyone who wants to understand how things went so badly wrong in Iraq.” New York Times Book Review
“A vividly detailed portrait of the Green Zone and the Coalition Provisional Authority that becomes a metaphor for the administration’s larger failings in Iraq…often reads like something out of Catch-22 or MASH.” New York Times
“As chilling an indictment of America’s tragic cultural myopia as Graham Greene’s prescient 1955 novel of the American debacle in Indochina, The Quiet American.” New York Times
“Extraordinary…Indispensable…Full of jaw-dropping tales of the myriad large and small ways in which Bremer and his team poured fuel into the lethal cauldron that is today’s Iraq.” Washington Post Book World
“An eye-opening tour of ineptitude, misdirection, and the perils of democracy-building.” Newsday
“With acuity and a fine sense of the absurd, the author peels back the roof to reveal an ant heap of arrogance, ineptitude, and hayseed provincialism.” Boston Globe
“Narrator Ray Porter delivers the author’s story of hubris, corruption, excess, and destruction with the perfect degree of revulsion, outrage, and disdain…[Chandrasekaran] misses not a detail or nuance in this unintentional black comedy‚ nor does the highly professional Porter.” AudioFile
“A devastating indictment of the post-invasion failures of the Bush administration.” Booklist 

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 10.31
Audience: Adult
Language: English