Readers unsatisfied with mainstream coverage of the Iraq War will want to grab this, an up-close look at daily life in Iraq since the 2003 invasion. One of the few unaffiliated journalists in Iraq, journalist Jamail went to see the conditions for himself, and the compelling, heartbreaking stories he sent back over his eight month stay were carried in publications world-wide: from family houses destroyed with their inhabitants to mosques full of people held under siege to the ill-equipped medical facilities and security forces meant to deal with them. Emphatically populist and unapologetically dubious of the U.S. government's party line, Jamail sees "resistance" where "obedient" mainstream reporters see "insurgents," "the occupation" where others see "the war." Jamail is a courageous writer who relates fears and bouts of panic alongside jaunts to Fallujah and other hotbeds unapproached by the press at large. Though the writing can be clunky, and the stories hard to distinguish-without any characters to follow (besides Jamail) one is left with the picture of a terrible forest, but few of the trees-this fascinating, eye-opening document of Iraq's day-to-day has a unique perspective and moments of incredible impact.
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Fast delivery from provider but do not like the book! The author makes the American Soldiers look like ignorant bully killing machines with no regard of the Iraqi people. Read morePublished 9 months ago by jbird_atx
If you're young and think war is exciting, patriotic,or noble-- forget it! Dahr Jamail is an investigative reporter who wrote this book about life behind the scenes in war-torn... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Claire J. Whitley
He rather loved this photo as he was tired of seeing the "iconic pic" - this is a bit different & he loves it!!!!!!! Highly suggest this!!!Published 17 months ago by alexus
"Sadaam killed 3 of my relatives, yet the occupation is worse." This is a quote I remember most from reading this book. Read morePublished on May 18, 2013 by Neal Diamond
Beyond the Green Zone is a powerful, shocking, and meticulous account the US invasion of Iraq told from the perspective that has been largely neglected by US corporate media: its... Read morePublished on November 20, 2010 by Z. Cohen
An excellent book. Slanted heavily toward the Iraqi citizen's point of view. It shows the fear and prejudice that the American troops on the ground have wherever they go. Read morePublished on July 11, 2010 by packardal
While I appreciated his great reporting and his honesty in bringing civilian abuses to light, I think he was incredibly bias and it was a turn off. Read morePublished on May 5, 2010 by M. Afzal
Over the years, I often heard and to be quite honest, also felt somewhat myself, "why aren't the Iraquis grateful to the US for being liberated from Saddam? Read morePublished on September 10, 2009 by CharlesA
This is a view of the Iraqi people and of the war without the hype and politics. How it impacted the people who lived there, who had no part in any aggression against the US, the... Read morePublished on November 23, 2008 by Julie A. Crego