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As an academic with an expertise in democracy building, Diamond sometimes seems more comfortable with theories than practical solutions, but he did experience the process in Iraq from the inside and provides a useful background on the various ethnic and religious groups vying for power there. He claims that he remains hopeful, but his optimism lies more with the abilities of the Iraqi people than with the U.S. government, since the difficult process of democratization will likely take much more time and effort than the U.S. can afford to spend. --Shawn Carkonen
Larry Diamond's political orientation is made loud and clear in this book.
The US War College oddly enough had fully predicted much of the chaos that would occur if insufficient troops were used to secure the victory.
The leading expert on democracy is not an Arabic speaker and his background on the Middle East seems minimal.
Larry Diamond's political orientation is made loud and clear in this book. He's now a fan of Bush and not a fan of the Iraq War. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Enjolras
Sad but true. Entering a war with dishonorable motives (i.e., lying about WMD and then changing war goals to nation building and establishment of democracy) only gets the... Read morePublished on March 3, 2010 by Scholasticus
In Larry Diamond's other books, "Democritization in Africa," and "The Spirit of Democracy," he makes it very clear that building a democracy from a dictatorship is no easy matter. Read morePublished on December 31, 2008 by bill greene
Larry Diamond is an internationally recognized expert on the processes, concepts and development of democracies. Read morePublished on January 19, 2008 by C. B Collins Jr.
This is an interesting book. Anyone who is interested in an alternative to the right wing talk radio and tv news should seriously consider checking out the Thom Hartmann radio show... Read morePublished on March 8, 2007 by MD
In late 2003 Condoleezza Rice telephoned her friend and Stanford colleague Larry Diamond of the Hoover Institution to ask him to go to Iraq as a senior adviser to the Coalition... Read morePublished on January 17, 2007 by Daniel B. Clendenin
Larry Diamond's Squandered Victory is interesting but also somewhat disappointing.
Diamond was among those Americans who went to Iraq after the invasion to try to... Read more
Probably the best book of the year. Diamond writes a great account of the Iraq disaster from an insider's view. Read morePublished on May 5, 2006 by J. Davis
I thought the book was ok, but it bothers me that Mr. Diamond uses the word democracy over and over. We are NOT a democracy. We are a Republic. Read morePublished on April 6, 2006 by Kara K. Tyson