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Erasing Iraq: The Human Costs of Carnage [Paperback]

by Michael Otterman, Paul Wilson, Richard Hil
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April 15, 2010 0745328970 978-0745328973
For nearly two decades, the US and its allies have prosecuted war and aggression in Iraq. Erasing Iraq shows in unparalleled detail the devastating human cost. Western governments and the mainstream media continue to ignore or play down the human costs of the war on Iraqi citizens This has allowed them to present their role as the benign guardians of Iraqi interests. The authors deconstruct this narrative by presenting a portrait of the total carnage in Iraq today as told by Iraqis and other witnesses who experienced it firsthand. Featuring in-depth interviews with Iraqi refugees in Syria, Jordan and Western countries, Erasing Iraq is a comprehensive and moving account of the Iraqi people's tragedy.

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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).

Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Pluto Press (April 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745328970
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745328973
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 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: #1,481,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars "A Comprehensive Overview" February 13, 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint of heart . . . November 5, 2011
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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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