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Getting Out: Historical Perspectives on Leaving Iraq

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ISBN-13: 978-0812242164
ISBN-10: 0812242165
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"This admirable book makes it plain that one reason why military occupations are, in general, a bad idea, is that exit ramps get blocked and horrors ensue. It is morally evident that, for the occupying power, there is no end to responsibilities, which begin even in nightmares. This is not a book that offers simple recipes for Iraq or Afghanistan. But people of all persuasions should read it to deepen their awareness of the moral imperatives."—Todd Gitlin, Columbia University



"An arresting, morally serious book, of the sort that readers have come to expect from the precincts of Dissent."—Sean Wilentz, author of The Rise of American Democracy: Jackson to Lincoln



"From Stanley Weintraub's crisp essay on Great Britain's withdrawal from the Colonies after its defeat in the American Revolutionary War to studies of much more recent disengagements, the contributions offer a variety of useful and stimulating perspectives on the complex problems involved in orderly withdrawals."—Walter Russell Mead, Foreign Affairs



"This collection will appeal to a broad audience. Excellent at dealing with a complicated topic both historically and in terms of the current situation in Iraq, it will appeal to anyone interested in the fate of our world today."—Library Journal



"Our entry into Iraq was a moral and operational catastrophe, but our exit doesn't have to be. Getting Out shows that if we take the trouble to learn from history the United States can do in Iraq what few departing imperial powers ever do: make the welfare of those left behind its highest priority."—Hendrik Hertzberg, New Yorker

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Michael Walzer is Professor Emeritus in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and editor of Dissent. He is the author of many books, including Just and Unjust Wars and, most recently, Thinking Politically: Essays in Political Theory. Nicolaus Mills is Professor of Literature and American Studies at Sarah Lawrence College. A long-time contributor to Dissent magazine, his most recent book is Winning the Peace: The Marshall Plan and America's Coming of Age as a Superpower.
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  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press (August 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812242165
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812242164
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.6 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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Unless Iraq is on its way to becoming the 51st state, the US Armed forces must depart at some point. "Getting Out: Historical Perspectives on Leaving Iraq" is a collection of essays of people looking back deep into history to gain a better understanding of how a an invader can leave a country better off when they found it. Looking at history's occupational blunders and successes, these minds provide many intriguing ideas, making "Getting Out" a fine and much recommended read.
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