Rajiv Chandrasekaran examines the Green Zone as both seat of power and playground for Americans. The Emerald City in Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s revealing new book is not and in “ Imperial Life in the Emerald City” he draws a vividly detailed. By: Rajiv Chandrasekaran Media of Imperial Life in the Emerald City Drawing on interviews and internal documents, Rajiv Chandrasekaran tells the.

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There is a fascinating rajv of the enigmatic Ayatollah Sistani, whose views were crudely transposed by the Americans into inappropriate language about “separation of mosque and state”. Wade, how a year-old without any finance background was put in charge of rebuilding the Iraqi stock exchange. Our inability to face reality let us down. The Green Zone was the land of true believers. Apr 16, Louise rated it it was amazing Shelves: By law, State cannot ask people applying for most embassy jobs about their party affiliation.

Originally from the San Francisco Bay area, Chandrasekaran holds a degree in political science from Stanford University, where he was editor-in-chief of The Stanford Daily.

By and large, the CPA was staffed by Republican loyalists, rather than by those considered the most experienced, expert and competent for the particular tasks. We should have thr to Lawrence of Arabia. Apr 27, Anna rated it it was amazing. How do I start to review a book such as this? One was from Egypt. We took an idealistic lifw to rebuilding the country and assumed the best case scenario be the result.


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Paul Bremer, for example, the viceroy in tan boots, gets a whole chapter, which brings him to life as a human being, though Chandrasekaran’s verdict is that he is a control freak. It is their war, and you are to imoerial them, not to win it for them. Being a Democrat in the Green Zone was like “being gay in a small town”. There is no clear voice: Without a doubt, the United States is a super power, but unlike the ideals proclaimed by its founders and many presidents long after, it has strayed from its standing as city on a hill, as a beacon of democracy and a protector of freedom.

Looking for More Great Reads? This gives the reader a fairly shocking insight pife the incompetency, arrogance and corruption involved in the Iraq occupation.

Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone – Rajiv Chandrasekaran – Google Books

One need never leave, and many never do. First, as readers already know, there was no real plan for after the war.

There is so much damning material that almost anyone could have pulled together an interesting account but Chandrasekaran charts the events with understated skill and citu exceptional eye for the absurd.

That they got away with it and continue to by and large is simply amazing. It made this die-hard Conservative wonder about the effectiveness of our involvement in Iraq. Sep 25, Carly rated it it was amazing.

Imperial Life in the Emerald City

However, the book doesn’t really have an overall narrative or viewpoint, which detracts from its ability to analyze why things happened the way they did. He talks about people hired to deal with traffic who went about writing traffic laws based on those of Massachusetts, a professor from Johns Hopkins University hired to reconstruct the university system who set his sites on creating academic freedom rather than rebuilding the bombed out buildings, and grand plans to create an area code system well before a constitution was even written.


The astute reader would be wise to keep a brief chronology of events, and a list of names mentioned in order to grasp the structure of the Coalition Provisional Authority CPA. Feb 02, Daniel rated it it was amazing.

Vann died believing that Vietnam was winnable; Agresto, as I detail in the end of the book, has no such optimism about Iraq. I believe Iraq is in the throes of a low-grade civil war, and unfortunately, I think things will get worse before they get better. As a consequence, the Brits in the Green Zone often found themselves at odds with the Americans. All we really need to do was take a step back, but instead we dictated the terms of the rebuilding.

That it manages fairly well: Rather than finding fault with any particular individual, his story seems to tell the saga of a classical tragedy brought on by hubris. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved from ” https: