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It is an an excellent read from the Iraqi perspective with a lot of Iraqi political and social history going back to the founding of the modern Iraq through 2006. Unfortunately, it ends before the "Surge" when the security environment was much better restored to provide a much more positive end to our current engagement. I recommend reading Bing West's The Strongest Tribe for balance.
While pointing out many of the deficiencies with the CPA, American military, Iraqis, and the overall conduct of affairs, it could have done a better job of laying the necessary blame on the right individuals rather than blaming the messengers or those delegated to implement the insufficiently planned or "resourced" policies. He also appears to ascribe overly negative motivations to Bremer. Nevertheless, his insight into Iraqi personalities and relationships is invaluable.
I would like eventually to add a copy of this book to my library, which I read from the public library in July 2009, and now thanks to Barnes and Noble, I have.
Posted February 21, 2008
The book tells the success of winning the march on Baghdad, and the problems of trying to keep the peace after the war. While at times an interesting read, it fails to tell of how the surge is working today.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.