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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This book deserves a four star rating due to its surplus of accurate facts about post war Iraq. But worst of all in my point of viewis that Americans forced the Iraqis to identify themselves in sectarian terms.

He did not reply to our letter. As someone “who came of age” during the run up to the Iraq invasion and subsequent years, this book took me back to and as the Coalition Provisional Authority CPA set out to remake Iraq in Bush’s vision of America.

Related Links Contact us about speaking engagements with Rajiv Chandrasekaran. The book strives to set an impartial and objective tone by simply describing increasingly ineffective and unrealistic American plans to transform Iraq. The occupation of Iraq brought a flood of ill-prepared, idealistic visionaries with conflicting goals to reconstruct a society that was already broken before the American invasion. Having the Brits around helped perpetuate the notion that the occupation of Iraq was a “coalition” project.

What they lacked was the time to scale the steep learning curve ahead of them, an overall plan that included knowledge of Iraqi political and economic realities, and an incentive to leave this cocoon of safety.

The book shows in clear detail what not to do, not to try, and not to enforce upon a people with their own culture and customs. Greenstock learned Bush was in Iraq by watching the visit on television.

Portraits of leading American players are full and mainly sympathetic.

Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone

It would be hilarious if it was a novel but unfortunately it’s non-fiction. Beyond defeating Saddam there were few other identifiable victories during the period covered by the book. The result is raiv Catch like atmosphere without the laughs. We largely ignored the Iraqi population. To ask other readers questions about Imperial Life in the Emerald Cityplease sign up. I managed to get around those rules by calling and e-mailing CPA officials directly, but it was an onerous process, and I was only able to scratch the surface ofthe organization.


His experiences in Iraq as well as his interviews with those in Iraq during the time of the CPA Coalition Provisional Authority, under the control of Paul Bremer and the precursor organization under Ctiy Garner provide important bases for tthe work.

Futile, fraudulent or worse

This audiobook felt like listening to a fascinating novel rather than a nonfiction account by a newspaper journalist This is a quietly devastating tale of imperial folly, and the definitive history of those early days when things went irrevocably wrong in Iraq.

Bremer’s de-Baathification policy disqualified many of the most able and well-educated from a role in the new Iraq. There is no benevolent occupying force.

The chicken was then fired upon intentionally, in yet another example of the abuse of innocent Iraqi chickens. Ray Porter’s narration more than does justice to Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s story. Rajiv Chandrasekaran, assistant managing editor of the Washington Post and its former Baghdad bureau chief, knows the landscape in Iraq as well as anyone, having spent two years in-country as a ciity.

Chicken he cross street because bad she tangle regulation. He talks about people hired emearld 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.

Missteps, misguided actions, and good-but-not-thoroughly-thought-through-intentions make up most of this book, but the insights into day-to-day life in the green zone are no less compelling. This book makes me angry all over again. My library Help Advanced Book Search. This book delves deep into the CPA’s Green Zone – and explores the horrible irony of setting up shop in Saddam’s former palace grounds with all the trappings of modernity and comfort all the while the Iraq’s people lived with no basic services, no protection, and no support from the CPA.

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

The book covers ground similar to that of Larry Diamond’s Squandered Victory and Anthony Shadid’s Night Draws Nearthough the author’s proximity to the events he reports in this “withering assessment” Andrew Metz separates Emerald City from the spate of books being published on the war in Iraq. Actually, also, under the very odd conditions of Arabia your practical work will ghe be as good as, perhaps, you think it is.


There are probably more Democrats there today because the State Department is in charge of the U. Readers with a shorter attention span may find it difficult to focus for long periods of time while reading this book.

From the Hardcover edition.

But if it did, in all likelihood the opposition would have been fewer in numbers. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Chandrasekaran wrote an impressive account of life in Iraq in the first few years of the U. This is the template for the attitude expressed by Bremer and others in the Green Zone reunion described at the end of the book.

A primary obstacle to reconstruction was the hasty selection of a team lacking in experience — especially post-conflict experience. While Iraqi’s cried out for electricity, employment and the right to govern themselves, Republican party loyalists and corporations such as Halliburton landed in Iraq to do nothing much at all.

Listening to this audiobook, I felt shocked by just how much worse the situation had been than I Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Had they appreciated his influence from the beginning, and then enlisted more influential interlocutors to communicate with him, they might have come up with a workable political transition plan much sooner. Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Chandrasekaran’s book shows that it certainly isn’t and I spent much of the first half in a state of almost continuous disbelief.

How did this happen? Internal communication was not the only problem. Why should we think that unlimited opportunities for businessmen to make money will bring peace to a land and teach people how to govern themselves? Jun 26, Ms. The book details security measures around the Emerald city, designed to protect Americans from the opinions of those they were supposed to help; cult like support for the Bush administrations actions; the dismissiveness with which Iraqis are treated and the incompetence, arrogance and ignorance of leaders sent to manage the CPA, including Paul Bremer.

Like most journalists in Iraq, I lived outside the Green Zone. I knew the war was hatched by a fantasy driven cabal, but this book really laid it out in detail. I finished this book with the sad conclusion that failure was inevitable. One enterprising fellow built a pizzeria just outside the compound, only to discover that the Americans all eat inside.