Imperial Life in the Emerald City - Rajiv Chandrasekaran

Imperial Life in the Emerald City

By Rajiv Chandrasekaran

  • Release Date: 2006-09-19
  • Genre: Military
Score: 4.5
From 18 Ratings


A National Book Award Finalist and New York Times Bestseller

The Green Zone, Baghdad, Iraq, 2003: in this walled-off compound of swimming pools and luxurious amenities, Paul Bremer and his Coalition Provisional Authority set out to fashion a new, democratic Iraq. Staffed by idealistic aides chosen primarily for their views on issues such as abortion and capital punishment, the CPA spent the crucial first year of occupation pursuing goals that had little to do with the immediate needs of a postwar nation: flat taxes instead of electricity and deregulated health care instead of emergency medical supplies.

 In this acclaimed firsthand account, the former Baghdad bureau chief of The Washington Post gives us an intimate portrait of life inside this Oz-like bubble, which continued unaffected by the growing mayhem outside. This is a quietly devastating tale of imperial folly, and the definitive history of those early days when things went irrevocably wrong in Iraq.


  • Imperial Life...

    By T Brankin
    A stunning and in-depth look at the complexity of trying to establish democracy in a country and region that inherently doesn't understand the concept! Made me realize how fortunate we are in the US that, as a nation, we have accepted the notion. Because, as this book illustrates, unless the notion of democracy is willfully and voluntarily accepted, even the best intentions of good willed people will go unfulfilled. This is a great book!