"A thoughtful contribution to the numerous first-person accounts of the Iraq war and aftermath. . . .The author provides an interesting perspective on the Iraqi view of the American invasion that is rarely seen in mainstream media."
is an aptly named, candid, and critical examination of coalition nation-building efforts in Iraqi Kurdistan during 2004. Bowen documents the extent to which the development of Iraq’s civilian infrastructure had been all but ignored after Saddam’s ascension to power in 1979. The book is a tribute to the heroic efforts of Americans and Iraqis to rebuild the country and drag it into the twenty-first century.”
"I traveled to Iraq in January 2006 and spent a few days talking with soldiers and airmen from my state. What they told me is reflected in this work by Wayne Bowen. He provides an [eyewitness account] of the conflict in Iraq and does it with a refreshing candor that marks him as neither apologist for the Bush administration nor unbridled critic with a political ax to grind."
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From the Publisher
The remarkable war diary of an Army civil affairs officer in Iraq
Covers the day-to-day work of reconstructing Iraq, especially rebuilding higher education and preserving archaeological sites
Addresses preparations for the 2005 elections
Describes positive events that occurred in Iraq and were not reported in the media