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  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: HAYMARKET BOOKS (2 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931859612
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931859615
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.3 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,141,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Caspar Aremi on 9 May 2008
Format: Hardcover
I read an interview with the author in the Guardian's G2 section yesterday, 8th May, and immediately went to Foyles in London to buy the book (full retail price, it's cheaper here on Amazon).

Dahr Jamail went to Iraq in the early days of the war after hearing international news reports differing so much from domestic (US) news output. He started emailing his reports and photos to friends, then he started corresponding for various sites and news agencies.

His style of writing is very down to earth, he's not trying to show off in any way. It's easy to understand what he saw from his descriptions, and you immediately get a sense of how frustrated this made him and how the war for 'freedom' backfired so easily. Actions which just seem like common sense were ignored. You're left wondering why the counties infrastructure couldn't just be repaired to please the local population and make their job there much easier. Instead, the invading forces tried to suppress insurgents and further angering the Iraqis, leading to a vicious cycle of more and more people joining the insurgency, an issue which continues to this day.

I'm pleased I read this book and will look out for further writings by Jamail.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Manu Samidzat on 29 April 2008
Format: Hardcover
The voices of those suffering and dying partly because of the lies and omissions of our mainstream media.
Thank you so much Mister Jamail!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J.R on 19 Mar 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Writing from the midst of the disastrous war zones of Iraq, Daher Jamil proves his bravery, integrity and credibility through his clear but hard hitting account of how the average Iraqi lived during and after the 'war of freedom' in Iraq.
Strangely, the book begins to feel very personal after a few pages even though the author hardly ever, explicitly, displays any emotion or personal opinion (during his time in Iraq that is, later on the effects of his traumatic experience and his feelings towards the war can be discerned by his conflicting emotions when he returns to his homeland). The book is largely based on detailed observations and interviews conducted with local citizens, citizens who are clearly angry and frustrated by the constant abuse and humiliation they are forced to suffer at the hands of the occupiers.
An absorbing read but painful and shocking at the same time. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in how the war was received by the Iraqi people.
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By pcg_100 on 10 Dec 2013
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Shines a light on the abuses of the US and the UK in Iraq and undermines the orthodox narrative peddled my the mainstream media.
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Journalist with total integrity 19 Oct 2007
By Tom Markus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Absolutely fascinating book and 100% accurate. I first heard Dahr Jamail in a documentary called "The Bases Are Loaded" about the American military mega-base/city/colonies in Iraq. Well he is one of the few to speak accurately about this subject. I spent 2.5 years as a civilian truck driver in Iraq and can attest to the HUGE GINORMOUS permanent bases (indoor swimming pools, outdoor pools, multi-story gyms, massage parlor, PX (as large as Walmart), 24hr AC barracks, big screen tvs, boxing rings, etc). We have set the stage to run Iraq and control our little puppets for centuries (not decades) to come. It is truly shameful and embarrassing. Thankfully there are still some credible journalists left willing to expose the truth.
54 of 60 people found the following review helpful
First Rate Journalism 7 Oct 2007
By Steiner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Dahr Jamail is one of the only unembedded journalists covering the U.S. occupation of Iraq, and this is his published report. 'Beyond the Green Zone' is a harrowing account of a brutal occupation which refuses to be covered and discussed honestly in the corporate media. Jamail has uncovered a record of war crimes and crimes against humanity that is difficult to stomach; he has finally brought us the much needed perspective of the Iraqis themselves as they struggle to live in a torn country under military occupation.

This book is a compelling documentation of war. Jamail has uncovered horrendous atrocities in Fallujah and elsewhere, and he has debunked the view that the military objectives include the submission of the warring factions and the implementation of a democratic government. On the contrary, Jamail has revealed that the U.S. has often delayed elections and decision-making processes in an attempt to escalate the sectarianism and increase their military presence in the region. He has exposed the intentions of the U.S. as well as its puppet government in Iraq with regard to its attempt to control the oil resources of the region. Jamail writes: "On February 26, 2007, Iraq's cabinet approved a draft of an oil law that would set guidelines for nationwide distribution of oil revenues and foreign investment in Iraq's giant oil industry. The law would grant regional oil companies the power to sign contracts with foreign companies for exploration and development of oil fields, and open the door for investment by foreign oil companies" (287). Jamail has unearthed the practices of an imperial project in a compelling and first-hand account. Beyond the Green Zone is indispensable literature for anyone who wants to understand what is actually happening on the ground in Iraq.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Required reading for America 27 Oct 2007
By Tony Stacy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Last Monday I saw Mr. Jamail speak in Philadelphia. Having returned from Iraq in April I am still hesitant to listen to what other people have to say about Iraq because most people simply do not know what is going on. Mr. Jamail does a great job in this book of looking at things with as an objective eye as he possibly can. He does not tout himself as the hero of the book which is what many journalists / travel writers have done. The book is much like his speaking style, direct, efficient, and clear.

All of America, starting with the highest levels of government, should read this book.

There are portions of the book I disagree with, but all in all, five stars.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
everyone should read this book 4 Nov 2007
By Meri - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In this beautiful harrowing book, Dahr Jamail tells the story of his time living and reporting on the streets of occupied Iraq. He writes with dedication, passion and accuracy. Finally here is a book about the children, the mothers and grandfathers, the land and the deep culture that are Iraq. It is also an eloquent condemnation of the role of the media in destroying that country as it sells the war for the corporations that benefit from it year and after year. Each chapter Jamail compares what he experienced first hand with what was reported in the in the US. The difference is staggering. Jamail reported on torture months before it became news. His accounts of Falluja have still not been reported. And the stories of countless massacres that have been covered up or changed are shocking. Jamail's courage and critical thinking (which might be the same thing) shine through his narrative. If everyone would really take in the story of this book, the wholesale destruction of Iraq for the profit of a few people which Jamail lays out here would be so outrageous that we could not let it continue.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Beyond the Green Zone:Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq 6 Nov 2007
By marie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If you consider it important to be informed this book is a MUST. The mainstream media cannot be counted on but we can be grateful that Dahr Jamail had the courage to go and find out what was really happening by going to Iraq unprotected by the US military. This is the real story that the mainstream either neglects or censors. Find out what is being done in the name the US bringing "freedom and democracy" to Iraq. Though sobering, it's fully readable, in fact it is a page turner. If you want to know the facts, and the faces behind them, this book is required reading.
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