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1 AJAMI, FOUAD. The Foreigner's Gift: The Americans, The Arabs, And The Iraquis In Iraq.
Free Press, New York: 2006. 074323667X / 9780743236676 First Printing. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Very good condition. 
Offers a brilliant, illuminating, and lyrical portrait of the ongoing struggle for Iraq and of the American encounter with that volatile Arab land. Ajami situates the currnt unrest within the context of Iraq's recent history of dictatorship and its rich, diverse cultural heritage. Includes an Index. "One of the smartest, most experienced and wisest Americans about the Middle East." - Dan Rather, Houston Chronicle 
Price: 7.27 USD
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2 AYRES, CHRIS. War Reporting For Cowards.
Grove Press, New York: 2005. 0802142567 / 9780802142566 First Grove Press Edition. s Softcover. Very good condition. 
With the gonzo style of Hunter S. Thompson and the biting wit of P. J. O'Rourke, an unliukely reporter recounts how he got the opportunity of a lifetime - and ends up between Iraq and a hard place. "Imagine George Costanza from Seinfeld being sent off to cover the Iraq War . . . hilariouw" - Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times 
Price: 3.53 USD
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3 BEAUSOLEIL, BEAU & BODMAN, SARAH. Al - Mutanabbi Street Starts Here.
Center for Book Arts, New York: 2013. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here assembles artists' responses to the tragic loss of a cultural and intellectual hub in Baghdad that occurred in March 5, 2007, by a bomb explosion. This important and timely exhibition catalogue features approximately 250 artists' books and 50 broadside (prints) by artists from around the world, and was co-organized by Beau Beausoleil, Founder of the Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition, and Sarah Bodman, Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Fine Print Research in Bristol, UK. 
Price: 28.50 USD
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4 BODANSKY, YOSSEF. The Secret History Of The Iraq War.
Regan Books, New York: 2004. 0060736798 / 9780060736798 First Edition. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Very good condition. 
Offers an astonishing account of the war and its aftermath - a war that was doomed from the start, the author argues, by the massive and systematic failures of the American intelligence community. Reveals that nearly every aspect of America's conflict with Iraq has been misunderstood, in both the court of public opinion and the White House itself. Includes an Index. 
Price: 11.07 USD
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5 GLANTZ, AARON. How America Lost Iraq.
Jeremy P. Tarcher / Penguin, New York: 2005. 1585424269 / 9781585424269 First Printing. h Hardcover with dustjacket in protective mylar cover. Good condition. Back endpaper has been removed. Library discard. 
As a reporter for the staunchly antiwar Pacifica Radeio, twenty-seven-year-old Aaron Glantz had spent much of early 2003 warning of catastrophe if the United States invaded Iraq. But as he watched the statue of Saddam topple,he wondered whether he was mistaken: In interviews with regular Iraqis, he found wide support for the invasion. Then,public opinion changed. In How America Lost Iraq, Glantz tells his story of working far outside the so-called Green Zone, the U.S.-protected turf from which most journalistic reports are filed. Glantz's reporting reveals truths that most media outlets missed,such as: the desertion and mass mutiny of the U.S.-trained Iraqi army;the appalling level of civilian casualties and mass incarcerations; the failure of contractors such as Halliburton and Bechtel to supply Iraqis with the ordinary necessities of daily life; and almost every poll showing that the vast majority of Iraqis want the United States to leave - a figure confirmed by recent election results. Includes an Index. 
Price: 7.03 USD
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6 HADDAD, FANAR. Sectarianism In Iraq: Antagonistic Visions Of Unity.
Columbia University Press, New York: 2011. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
We often view Iraqis through a sectarian prism, dividing them into either Shi'a or Sunni. Yet are these terms accurate, useful, or even relevant for understanding Iraq's society, history, and politics? The common Iraqi injunction that "we are all brothers" doesn't entirely hold against the sectarian civil war of 2006 and 2007. What role does sectarian identity truly play in Iraq, and how has this shaped our knowledge of the country? Providing the first comprehensive examination of Iraqi sectarian identity, Fanar Haddad examines the relationship between Shi'as and Sunnis and questions the role these distinctions play in Iraqi society. Rather than organize his subjects into categories, Haddad respects group identity and its inherent ambiguities, recognizing that the salience of sectarian identity and attitudes toward the self and other are not fixed. Instead, they belong to a fluctuating dynamic in which the relevance of sectarian identity changes in response to context and socioeconomic and political conditions. Investigating the forces that drive sectarian identity and its relationship to national identity, Haddad focuses on two crucial turning points in modern Iraqi history: the uprisings of 1991 and the fall of the Ba'ath in 2003. Reaching the core of what shapes sectarian identity over time, Haddad counters alarmist and reductionist accounts that portray Iraq in solely sectarian terms or dismiss the importance of sectarian identity altogether. Fanar Haddad is a London-based analyst of Middle Eastern and Iraqi affairs. He has lectured at the University of Exeter and has worked in Iraq and the wider region extensively, most recently as an analyst at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. "Sectarianism in Iraq provides valuable insight into the complex interactions of social, religious, political, and ideational dynamics all too often referred to as being solely responsible for the near-civil war of 2006-2007. Haddad presents a nuanced, balanced, and at times provocative account of why Iraqis of different sectarian colors committed atrocious acts against each other while maintaining a near-identical narrative of their nationalist views. Sectarianism in Iraq is a powerful and insightful analysis of one of the most catastrophic events in modern Iraqi history." — Gareth Stansfield, director of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter "Lucid and intriguing, Fanar Haddad's book crosses the minefield of sectarianism in Iraq with great success. By focusing on sectarian relations and by analyzing various levels of culture, Haddad ably circumvents the stringencies of the dominant version of Iraqi nationalism and its discourse, which silences any attempt to touch the sectarian issue. This vanguard study paves the way for further interpretation of this sensitive subject." — Ronen Zeidel, director of research at the Center for Iraq Studies, University of Haifa "A must for those who would like to understand present day Iraq." — Ghassan Atiyyah, director of the Iraq Foundation for Development and Democracy "Sectarianism in Iraq sets a new standard for the academic debate about sectarianism in Middle Eastern politics. Fanar Haddad explains the apparent paradox of why there is both a drive for continued sectarian coexistence in Iraq and frequent breakdowns of that lofty ideal. By zeroing in on the dynamics of sectarian polarization in 1991 and 2006, he makes intelligible the continued search by Iraqi leaders for coexistence in a unified territorial framework, even in the midst of seemingly intractable positions." — Reidar Visser, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs 
Price: 33.25 USD
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7 MACDONALD, MICHAEL. Overreach: Delusions Of Regime Change In Iraq.
Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts and London England: 2014. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
In the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, a fair number of Americans thought the idea was crazy. Now everyone, except a few die-hards, thinks it was. So what was going through the minds of the talented and experienced men and women who planned and initiated the war? What were their assumptions? Overreach aims to recover those presuppositions. Michael MacDonald examines the standard hypotheses for the decision to attack, showing them to be either wrong or of secondary importance: the personality of President George W. Bush, including his relationship with his father; Republican electoral considerations; the oil lobby; the Israeli lobby. He also undermines the argument that the war failed because of the Bush administration's incompetence. The more fundamental reasons for the Iraq War and its failure, MacDonald argues, are located in basic axioms of American foreign policy, which equate America's ideals with its interests (distorting both in the process) and project those ideals as universally applicable. Believing that democratic principles would bring order to Iraq naturally and spontaneously, regardless of the region's history and culture or what Iraqis themselves wanted, neoconservative thinkers, with support from many on the left, advocated breaking the back of state power under Saddam Hussein. They maintained that by bringing about radical regime change, the United States was promoting liberalism, capitalism, and democracy in Iraq. But what it did instead was unleash chaos. Michael MacDonald is Frederick L. Schuman Professor of International Relations at Williams College. "In Overreach, MacDonald methodically dissects the top ten reasons most often used to explain why the war was a failure, and in the process shows each to be self-serving, inadequate, misleading—or all of the above. He does the same for explanations of why we went to war in the first place."—Scott Beauchamp, Bookforum "MacDonald demonstrates vigorously and with intellectual clarity why the tenets of American exceptionalism do not usually translate to other areas of the world, with Iraq being just one example. A useful analysis of failed American military initiatives that could inform future debates about interventions in traditionally despotic nations that are also split among historically hostile religious factions."—Kirkus Reviews "With gloomily apt timing, as U.S. bombs drop once again on a now deeply fractured Iraq, international relations specialist MacDonald analyzes the usual explanations for why the Bush administration launched its invasion of Iraq in 2003 and finds them lacking. MacDonald argues that, beyond oil, the Israeli lobby, or Bush family history, the Iraq War and its horrific outcomes owe their existence to a more general trait in U.S. foreign policy, namely, a tendency to equate the country's values with its interests."—Publishers Weekly "Overreach is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how and why the project of 'regime change' in Iraq not only failed, but was incoherent from the outset. With his characteristic political acumen, meticulous research practices, and marvelously lucid prose, MacDonald reveals the tragic political (not cultural!) blindness suffered by American architects of that project. This is a gripping, sad, and immensely important story."—Wendy Brown, University of California, Berkeley "It is easy to forget how many supported the Iraq War in 2002 and 2003. For anyone who wants to remember what happened—and what went wrong—this is an absorbing read. We misunderstood Iraq and the war, MacDonald shows, because we misunderstood ourselves—profoundly and tragically."—Russell Muirhead, Dartmouth College 
Price: 28.45 USD
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8 MILLER, JUDITH AND MYLROIE, LAURIE. Saddam Hussein And The Crisis In The Gulf.
Times Books, New York: 1990. 0812919211 / 9780812919219 First Edition. s Softcover. Good reading copy 
Examines the rise of Saddam Hussein, the reasons for his invasion of Kuwait, and the threat he poses for Middle East stability. 
Price: 1.43 USD
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9 MILLER, JUDITH AND MYLROIE, LAURIE. Saddam Hussein And The Crisis In The Gulf.
Times Books, NY: 1990. 0812919211 / 9780812919219 First Edition. s Softcover. Reading copy. 
Examines the rise of Saddam Hussein, the reasons for his invasion of Kuwait, and the threat he poses for Middle East stability. 
Price: 3.33 USD
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10 MILLER, JUDITH AND MYLROIE, LAURIE. Saddam Hussein And The Crisis In The Gulf.
Times Books, NY: 1990. 0812919211 / 9780812919219 First Edition. s Softcover. Good reading copy. 
Examines the rise of Saddam Hussein, the reasons for his invasion of Kuwait, and the threat he poses for Middle East stability. 
Price: 3.33 USD
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11 ROSEN, GARY (EDITOR) The Right War? The Conservative Debate On Iraq.
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge: 2005. 0521673186 / 9780521673181 First Edition (Unstated). s Softcover. Brand new book. 
To declare oneself a conservative in American foreign policy is to enter immediately into a fractious, long-standing debate. Should America retreat from the world, deal with the world as it is, or try to transform it in its own image? Which school of thought - traditionalist, realist, or neoconservative - is closest to the country's ideals and interests? With the dramatic shift in American foreign policy since 9/11, these differences have been brought into stark relief, especially by the Bush administration's decision to go to war in Iraq. This book brings together the most articulate and influential voices in the debate among conservatives over the tactics and strategy of America's engagement in Iraq. The collection runs the gamut from protests to second thoughts to full-throated endorsements. The contributors are major conservative spokesmen whose ideological influences have a role in guiding the Bush administration as it formulates its policy goals for Iraq. • Discusses the tactics and strategy of America's foreign policy since 9/11 • Contains the most influential voices in the debate among conservatives over American tactics in Iraq • Perfect for courses on American foreign policy. The Contents of the book is as follows: Introduction Gary Rosen; 1. 'Iraq's Future - and Ours' Victor Davis Hanson; 2. 'The right war for the right reasons' Robert Kagan and William Kristol; 3. 'Iraq: losing the American way' James Kurth; 4. 'Intervention with a vision' Henry A. Kissinger; 5. 'An end to illusion' the Editors of National Review; 6. 'Quitters' Andrew Sullivan; 7. 'A more humble hawk'/'crisis of confidence' David Brooks; 8. 'Time for Bush to see the realities of Iraq' George F. Will; 9. 'Iraq may survive, but the dream is dead' Fouad Ajami; 10. 'The perils of hegemony' Owen Harries; 11. 'Like it's 1999: how we could have done it right' Fareed Zakaria; 12. 'Reality Check - this is war'/'In modern imperialism, U.S. needs to walk softly' Max Boot; 13. 'A time for reckoning: ten lessons to take away from Iraq' Andrew J. Bacevich; 14. 'World War IV: how it started, what it means, and why we have to win' Norman Podhoretz; 15. 'The neoconservative moment' Francis Fukuyama; 16. 'In defense of democratic realism' Charles Krauthammer; 17. 'Stay the course!' is not enough' Patrick J. Buchanan; 18. 'Realism's shining morality' Robert F. Ellsworth and Dimitri K. Simes; 19. 'Has Iraq weakened us?' Victor Davis Hanson; 20. 'Democracy and the Bush doctrine' Charles R. Kesler; 21. 'A time for humility' Eliot A. Cohen; 22. 'Birth of a democracy' Reuel Marc Gerecht.'The ideas and controversies described in this striking book will go far to shape American foreign policy in the Bush years and beyond. Every serious student of American foreign policy needs to consult this fresh and comprehensive collection.' Walter Russell Mead, Kissinger Senior Fellow in U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations Includes an Index. 'Valuable hindsight and foresight about the war in Iraq.' - Former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz 'A fascinating survey of state-of-the-art thinking on U.S. foreign policy, a lively debate between realists and neoconservatives, and an excellent intellectual guide for the perplexed.' - Josef Joffe, Editor, Die Zeit and Abramowitz Fellow, Hoover Institution at Stanford 'This collection is an indispensable guide to the most intellectually interesting and politically important debate in the U.S. on the war in Iraq. It should be on the shelf of every analyst of contemporary American policy.' - Anatol Lieven, Senior Research Fellow, New America Foundation 'Without a doubt The Right War? makes a valuable contribution both to intellectual history and to the battle of ideas that is still raging in the nation's op-ed pages. … This debate is encapsulated in Mr. Rosen's timely, intelligently selected and highly recommended book.' - Wall Street Journal (Europe) '… this book provides a fine overview of the battle betweeen pet ideological prejudices and concern for the common good that is currently playing itself out on more than one front where the American right is concerned.' - International Affairs Contributors to this volume are: Gary Rosen, Victor Davis Hanson, Robert Kagan, William Kristol, James Kurth, Editors of the National Review, Andrew Sullivan, David Brooks, George F. Will, Fouad Ajami, Owen Harries, Fareed Zakaria, Max Boot, Andrew J. Bacevich, Francis Fukuyama, Charles Krauthammer, Norman Podhoretz, Patrick J. Buchanan, Robert F. Ellsworth, Dimitri K. Simes, Charles R. Kesler, and Eliot A. Cohen. 
Price: 22.04 USD
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12 STEWART, RORY. The Prince Of The Marshes And Other Occupational Hazards Of A Year In Iraq.
Harcourt, Inc., Orlando: 2006. 0151012350 / 9780151012350 First Edition. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
A Farsi-speaking British diplomat spends a year in the impoverished marsh regions of southern Iraq, trying to maintain some order for a population of millions teetering on the brink of civil war. "...a wonderful piece of work. It made me laugh, it made me sad, and it made me angry." - James Meek 
Price: 23.51 USD
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13 STEWART, RORY. The Prince Of The Marshes And Other Occupational Hazards Of A Year In Iraq.
Harcourt, Inc., Orlando: 2006. First Harvest Edition. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
A Farsi-speaking British diplomat spends a year in the impoverished marsh regions of southern Iraq, trying to maintain some order for a population of millions teetering on the brink of civil war. "...a wonderful piece of work. It made me laugh, it made me sad, and it made me angry." - James Meek 
Price: 14.01 USD
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14 TRIPP, CHARLES. A History Of Iraq.
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge: 2005. 052152900X / 9780521529006 Second Edition. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Very good condition. 
Covers events in Iraq from 1998 up to mid-2002. Since its establishment by the British in the 1920s Iraq has witnessed the rise and fall of successive regimes, culminating in the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein. Tripp traces Iraq's political history from its nineteenth-century roots in the Ottoman empire, to the development of the state, its transformation from monarchy to republic and the rise of the Ba'th party and the ascendancy of Saddam Hussein. This is a story of social conflict, of power struggles between rival clans, of hostility and wars with neighboring states, as well as their aftermath, and Iraq's deteriorating relations with the West. The book offers an incisive analysis of the making of a modern state and how it creates its own distinctive politics. Includes an Index."Tripp offers a very readable account that presents the many different political figures, the ebb abd flow of central government relations with Kurds and Shi'ites, and the ongoing regional and international coverage." - Foreign Affairs 
Price: 15.77 USD
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