Imperial Life in The Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone

Imperial Life in The Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone

Rajiv Chandrasekaran


the golf green quarter, Baghdad, 2003: during this walled-off compound of pools and plush facilities, Paul Bremer and his Coalition Provisional Authority got down to type a brand new, democratic Iraq. Staffed via idealistic aides selected essentially for his or her perspectives on matters equivalent to abortion and capital punishment, the CPA spent the an important first yr of career pursuing ambitions that had little to do with the quick wishes of a postwar kingdom: flat taxes rather than electrical energy and deregulated health and wellbeing care rather than emergency scientific provides.

In this acclaimed firsthand account, the previous Baghdad bureau leader of The Washington Post offers us an intimate portrait of lifestyles within this Oz-like bubble, which endured unaffected by means of the starting to be mayhem open air. this can be a quietly devastating story of imperial folly, and the definitive historical past of these early days whilst issues went irrevocably flawed in Iraq.

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