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Standard Operating Procedure

Standard Operating Procedure

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by Philip Gourevitch, Errol Morris
     
 

Standard Operating Procedure is a war story that takes its place among the classics. It is the story of American soldiers who were sent to Iraq as liberators only to find themselves working as jailers in Saddam Hussein's old dungeons, responsible for implementing the sort of policy they were supposed to be fighting against. It is the story of a defining

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Standard Operating Procedure is a war story that takes its place among the classics. It is the story of American soldiers who were sent to Iraq as liberators only to find themselves working as jailers in Saddam Hussein's old dungeons, responsible for implementing the sort of policy they were supposed to be fighting against. It is the story of a defining moment in the war, and a defining moment in our understanding of ourselves—the story of the infamous Abu Ghraib photographs of prisoner abuse, as seen through the eyes, and told through the voices, of the soldiers who took them and appeared in them. It is the story of how those soldiers were at once the instruments of a great injustice and the victims of a great injustice.

In a tradition of moral and political reckoning, and all-powerful story- telling, that runs from Joseph Conrad's The Heart of Darkness and Fyodor Dostoevsky's The Grand Inquisitor to Norman Mailer's The Executioner's Song, Philip Gourevitch has written a relentlessly surprising and perceptive account of the front lines of the war on terror. Drawing on more than two hundred hours of Errol Morris's startlingly frank and intimate interviews with the soldier-photographers who gave us what have become the iconic images of the Iraq war, Standard Operating Procedure is a book that makes you see, and makes you feel, and above all makes you think about what it means to be human. It is an utterly original book that stands to endure as essential reading long after the current war in Iraq passes from the headlines—a work of searing power from two of our finest masters of nonfiction, working at the peak of their powers.

Editorial Reviews

For many Americans, the torture photos from Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison have left indelible memories: the black-hooded inmate, his arms outstretched like a scarecrow, his feet clinging to a tiny base; the grotesque mound of naked male bodies with two GIs standing behind it, beaming approval. In Standard Operating Procedures, Paris Review editor and frequent New Yorker contributor Philip Gourevitch and Oscar-winning Fog of War filmmaker Errol Morris combine their talents to produce a revelatory account of how standard military procedures devolved into full-scale mayhem. Informed by 200 of Morris's interviews with soldiers and prisoners, Gourevitch's narrative carves out a scathing picture of behavior distressingly at odds with who we, as Americans, think we are. Relentless, revealing, and unforgettable.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594201325
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/29/2000
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
9.44(w) x 6.38(h) x 1.05(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Errol Morris is the author of the New York Times bestseller A Wilderness of Error and the Academy Award-winning director of The Fog of War, among other films, including Standard Operating Procedure; Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control; and The Thin Blue Line. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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