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

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

Hardcover, 320 pages

Published September 19th 2006 by Knopf

Description

An unprecedented account of life in Baghdad’s Green Zone, a walled-off enclave of towering plants, posh villas, and sparkling swimming pools that was the headquarters for the American occupation of Iraq.

’s former Baghdad bureau chief Rajiv Chandrasekaran takes us with him into the Zone: ......more

COMMUNITY REVIEWS

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Will Byrnes



- Image from Citizen University

Baghdad’s Green Zone is a world unto itself, with its own power supply, water, restaurants. One need never leave, and many never do. The author describes the separateness of the place but uses that as a base from which to foray out to related s......more

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Daniel

Alternate Titles for this book could have been:

1. How not to rebuild a nation you just bombed the sh*t out of

2. How to F*ck up everything you touch, the Neocon way

3. Corruption, cronyism and good old fashioned incompetence on an unforeseen scale

4. Sout......more

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Meg

The short take: bad organizational structure and writing that is really just mediocre journalistic prose.

Although Chandrasekaran begins with a narrative "I," he never really identifies himself, and then launches into details about things like relationships between State department member......more

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Rick

A brilliant satire on the occupation of a Middle Eastern country....well it would be, if it weren't true. This gives the reader a fairly shocking insight into the incompetency, arrogance and corruption involved in the Iraq occupation.

The Coalition Provisional Authority sets up shop in on......more

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Shane

I knew the war was hatched by a fantasy driven cabal, but this book really laid it out in detail. It's an interesting contrast to another book I recently read, titled "Muqtada," by Patrick Cockburn. Cockburn's book deals with the Iraq almost exclusively from the standpoint of (anti-U.S.) Iraqi Shias......more

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Troy Blackford

This was a well-researched and shocking look at the attempt to provide Iraq with a democratic, capitalistic government and way of life after its US invasion/liberation. That such a massive undertaking was began without a clear idea of the next step is a strange truth that is drilled home again and a......more

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Karen

Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone is the compelling story about the U.S. occupation in Iraq and the culture of inexperience, arrogance, and cronyism within the U.S. Green Zone. My previous impression of the Iraq war was that U.S. officials were well-meaning but sometimes mi......more

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Eddie

I read this during Spring Break. A very informative book. It is kind of depressing to see how the U.S. Government has allowed private contractors carte blanche as well as establishing a bureacracy in the middle of the war zone in Iraq that would compare with any on Capitol Hill. It made this die-har......more

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Ms.pegasus

Rajiv Chandrasekaran's book is journalism at its best, and the loss will be irreparable if newspaper journalists fade into extinction. The Emerald City is an image reminiscent of the Raj – Americans relaxing around a swimming pool, in a 7 square mile enclave, enjoying drinks, eating American food, r......more

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Steven Peterson

A review of the book when it first came out a few years back:

Rajiv Chandrasekaran is with the Washington Post; he has spent time in both Afghanistan and Iraq since the American missions in both places. His experiences in Iraq as well as his interviews with those in Iraq during the time o......more

About the author(Rajiv Chandrasekaran)

Rajiv Chandrasekaran is an Indian-American journalist. He is currently assistant managing editor for continuous news at

, where he has worked since 1994. Originally from the San Francisco Bay area, Chandrasekaran holds a degree in political science from Stanford University, where he was ......more

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