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Erasing Iraq: The Human Costs of Carnage

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"If I could only recommend one book that provides a comprehensive overview of both the situation in Iraq today, and the decades of US-backed policy it took to create this nightmare scenario, Erasing Iraq is it." --Dahr Jamail, author and independent journalist

About the Author

Michael Otterman is an award-winning freelance journalist and human rights consultant. He was a recent visiting scholar at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney. He is the author of American Torture (Pluto, 2007).

Richard Hil is honorary associate at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney and was senior lecturer in the School of Arts and Social Sciences, Southern Cross University, Australia. He has co-authored and edited a number of books in the fields of criminology, youth justice, and child and family welfare.

Paul Wilson, OAM, is Professor and Chair of Criminology and Forensic Psychology, Bond University, Australia. He has written or co-written over 25 books on criminal justice.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Pluto Press (May 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745328970
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745328973
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,364,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the forward to this fine book, Dahr Jamail writes that if he had to recommend just one book on the state of Iraq today after decades of American intervention, this would be the one. Though I've only read a fraction of what Jamail has on the subject, I couldn't agree more. This is a very readable overview of the sheer horror that has enveloped Iraq, and is filled with both facts and personal narratives that really illuminate what the authors call "Iraqi sociocide." I am fairly well versed in the names, dates, and figures related to the Iraq conflict, but the personal stories in this book are heart-wrenching. If you are looking for a feel-good read, this is not it. But if you want an honest and thorough report of what has been done to Iraqi society, you will not be disappointed. Although the book is scarcely over 200 pages, it covers a lot of ground: refugees, mainstream media distortion, looting, civilian death counts, and much more.

I am shocked and saddened that this is only the second Amazon review on this important book. It deserves a wide audience.
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There's a certain . . . disinclination . . . to view one's own Country as "evil", but this review of what "we" did to Iraq (and why) makes it hard to spin it any other way. It's not the first time, either . . . "we" did much the same to Viet Nam, with hardly any better excuse . . .
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