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Collateral Damage: America's War Against Iraqi Civilians MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged

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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc; Unabridged edition (23 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400156661
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400156665
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,134,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A brilliant, thoughtful, timely and unsettling book.... Abounds with Hedges' harrowing and terribly moving eyewitness accounts.... Powerful and informative." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize--winning journalist. He spent nearly two decades as a correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans, with fifteen years at the New York Times. He is the author of numerous bestselling books, including Empire of Illusion; Death of the Liberal Class; War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning; and Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, which he co-wrote with Joe Sacco. He writes a weekly column for the online magazine Truthdig. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey. Laila Al-Arian has written for The Nation, United Press International, and the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. She lives in Washington, D.C. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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In this book, journalist and author Chris Hedges uses eye-witness accounts by US soldiers to give a picture of ‘the vast enterprise of industrial slaughter unleashed in Iraq’.

In horrifying detail, he presents accounts of torture, murders, detentions, home raids, and killings at checkpoints, and on convoys and patrols.

As he sums up, “the invasion and the occupation have been a catastrophe.”
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I am a huge fan of former NY Times Foreign Correspondent Chris Hedges and if you want an American point of view on current affairs, particularly those relating to the Middle East, that isn't all Stars & Stripes and patriotism at the expense of common sense/truth you really should watch his lectures and read some of his books. This book however, is pure journalism. It's a really good read if you don't want your [anecdotal] evidence embellished with any literary garnish. Much of the book is comprised of the accounts of US soldiers who fought in Iraq and who were/are completely disillusioned with their reasons for being there. Reading the accounts of these often scarred and haunted professional soldiers and some of the atrocities and war crimes they witnessed, and in some cases colluded with, provides a powerful insight into the folly of our ventures into other peoples' countries for profit and/or domination.

At times whilst reading this book I was furious at how there is so little reporting in mainstream media of the slaughter of innocent civilians (many of them women and children). In the eyes of the soldiers who were interviewed for this book everyone in Iraq eventually became a potential threat. I understand this, but it also reiterates the hypochrisy of western "civilisation" - we collectively mourn the loss of a US or UK soldier (depending on where you live) who made a decision to adopt their profession knowing the risks, but there is seldom any mention of the death toll for people indigenous to the places we invade - in fact it doesn't even seem that anyone is seriously keeping track of foreign casualties. This book reinforces the idea that this is because foreign victims of our Wars don't enjoy the status of Human Beings which you or I enjoy.
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