No End in Sight: Iraq's Descent into Chaos

No End in Sight: Iraq's Descent into Chaos

by Charles Ferguson

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The first book of its kind to chronicle the reasons behind Iraq's descent into guerilla war, warlord rule, criminality, and anarchy, No End In Sight is a shocking story of wholesale incompetence, recklessness, and venality.

Culled from over 200 hours of footage collected for the film, the book provides a candid and alarming retelling of the events following the fall of Baghdad in 2003 by high ranking officials, Iraqi civilians, American soldiers, and prominent analysts. Together, these voices reveal the principal errors of U.S. policy that largely created the insurgency and chaos that engulf Iraq today—and what we could and should do about them now.

No End In Sight marks the first time Americans will be allowed inside the White House, Pentagon, and Baghdad's Green Zone to understand for themselves the disintegration of Iraq— and how arrogance and ignorance turned a military victory into a seemingly endless and deepening nightmare of a war.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786732340
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 02/23/2009
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 672
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Charles Ferguson is director and producer of No End in Sight: The American Occupation of Iraq, which is his first film. A political scientist and strategic consultant, Ferguson co-founded one of the earliest Internet software companies, Vermeer Technologies, which he eventually sold to Microsoft. Ferguson is a visiting scholar of political science at MIT and UC Berkeley, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a director of the French-American Foundation. He is the author of three books on information technology.

Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Preparation and Invasion
War     3
Prewar Planning     24
Orha     71
The Looting     104
Bremer Begins     141
One Fateful Decision: The Disbanding of the Iraqi Military     163
The Police, Crime, and the Security Vacuum     234
The Civilian Occupation and the CPA     266
Insurgency, Militias, and Sectarian Violence     312
The Military Occupation     370
Where do We Go from Here?
Consequences     409
Current and Future U.S. Policy in Iraq     463
Epilogue: Reflections     517
Acknowledgments     565
A Brief History of Iraq before the War     569
Timeline of the War in Iraq     577
Contributors and Key Actors     587
Statistical Graphs     615
Name Index     629
About the Author     641

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