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The Occupation of Iraq: Winning the War, Losing the Peace [Hardcover]

Ali A Allawi
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2 Mar 2007
Involved for over thirty years in the politics of Iraq, Ali A. Allawi was a long-time opposition leader against the Baathist regime. In the post-Saddam years he has held important government positions and participated in crucial national decisions and events. In this book, the former Minister of Defence and Finance draws on his unique personal experience, extensive relationships with members of the main political groups and parties in Iraq, and deep understanding of the history and society of his country to answer the baffling questions that persist about its current crises. What really led the United States to invade Iraq, and why have events failed to unfold as planned? The Occupation of Iraq examines what the U.S. did and didn't know at the time of the invasion, the reasons for the confused and contradictory policies that were enacted, and the emergence of the Iraqi political class during the difficult transition process. The book tracks the growth of the insurgency and illuminates the complex relationships among Sunnis, Shia, and Kurds. Bringing the discussion forward to the reconfiguration of political forces in 2006, Allawi provides in these pages the clearest view to date of the modern history of Iraq and the invasion that changed its course in unpredicted ways.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; 1 edition (2 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300110154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300110159
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 16.7 x 3.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 424,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Magisterial...Pure gold...Will certainly become the benchmark work against which all later books will have to be measured. It is authoritative, incisive, dispassionate, devastating in its important judgments, and wholly original. Allawi is one of a handful of men who can tell the whole story of policy, government and administration from the basis of close, personal experience." --Roger Owen, Harvard University

"While many books have been written about Iraq's tragedy, Ali Allawi's story offers a unique insider's perspective of the global forces, local passions and diverse personalities that converged to create a situation that will haunt us for decades. An indispensable source of ideas about what happened - and what is likely to happen - in Iraq." --Moises Naim, editor in chief of Foreign Policy magazine

"A comprehensive survey of the occupation of Iraq that highlights the complacency and failings of the American project. This is a sobering account, written from the rare view of an Iraqi insider. Allawi reveals how often the Iraqis were ignored in the chaotic rebuilding of their country and explains the complex dynamics behind Iraq's descent into violent sectarainism." --Rory McCarthy, Jerusalem correspondent for the Guardian

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Roger Owen, Harvard University:
"Magisterial...Pure gold...Will certainly become the benchmark work against
which all later books will have to be measured. It is authoritative,
incisive, dispassionate, devastating in its important judgments, and wholly
original. Allawi is one of a handful of men who can tell the whole story of
policy, government and administration from the basis of close, personal
experience."




Moises Naim, editor in chief of Foreign Policy magazine and author of
Illicit: How Smugglers, Traffickers and Copycats are Hijacking the
Global Economy
:
"While many books have been written about Iraq's tragedy, Ali Allawi's
story offers a unique insider's perspective of the global forces, local
passions and diverse personalities that converged to create a situation
that will haunt us for decades. An indispensable source of ideas about what
happened - and what is likely to happen - in Iraq."



Rory McCarthy, Jerusalem correspondent for the Guardian and author of
Nobody Told Us We Are Defeated: Stories from the New Iraq:
"A comprehensive survey of the occupation of Iraq that highlights the
complacency and failings of the American project. This is a sobering
account, written from the rare view of an Iraqi insider. Allawi reveals how
often the Iraqis were ignored in the chaotic rebuilding of their country
and explains the complex dynamics behind Iraq's descent into violent
sectarainism."



Patrick Cockburn, correspondent for the Independent and author of The
Occupation: War and Resistance in Iraq
:
"Ali A. Allawi, until recently an Iraqi minister, is one of Iraq's most
respected politicians of the post-Saddam era. His study of the crisis in
Iraq is by far the most perceptive analysis of the extent of the disaster
in his country, and how it might best be resolved. It is the first real
attempt to suggest the Middle East might pull out of its death spiral."



Frederick Smith, United States Department of Defence:
"Nobody was better situated than Allawi to provide readeres with unique
insights to the events leading up to the invasion of Iraq and how the
occupation and reconstruction efforts were handled."


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Iraqi Perspective 12 Oct 2009
By S Wood TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Ali A. Allawi, the former Minister of Trade and Minister of Defence in the Interim Iraqi Governing Council and the Minister of Finance in the Iraqi Transitional Government has written an account of the American occupation of Iraq over a period that ends in 2006. I've read quite a few books on the Iraq debacle and this is the first time that I have read an account of an Iraqi, and it is certainly interesting to get the Iraqi perspective of events. Allawi, an Iraqi Shia, is quite able to deal with the events in an even handed and impartial way. I don't recall any examples of sectarian bias, and the author is sensitive to the concerns of the Sunni and Kurdish communities as well as other minorities.

The book doesn't begin with the occupation but gives the reader as good a summary I've read of the situation within Iraq prior to the invasion. He also writes of the mentality in Washington in as restrained a manner as possible given subsequent events, he is particularly scathing on the neo-cons in general, and Wolfowitz in particular as well as George "Bring 'em On" Bush.

Paul Bremers Coalition Provisional Authority comes under Allawis often withering scrutiny though he does appear supportive of the market reforms initiated, though critical of the manner in which it was done, the blinkered mentality and ignorance of the staff and the public relations obsessions which amounted to a grotesque denial of reality.

Allawi goes on to give an account of the various mutations in the governing of Iraq, the writing of the constitution, the growing Insurgency and the American response, and the sectarian fighting. He is of particular interest in the roles of Grand Ayatollah Al-Sistani and Moqtada Al-Sadr.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The rise and fall of some ancient civilisation 10 April 2007
Format:Hardcover
The author of this book is an Iraqi who recently served as both Finance and Defence Minister in the Iraqi government.

His insight is extraordinary and his knowledge incredibly wide ranging. He is simply the insider. From the book you will learn everything about the war, the sectarian divisions of Iraq, the American shortcomings, bribery and corruption, about the key players and so on.

The book is a quick read...like a gripping story about the rise and fall of some ancient civilisation, witnessed by one of its players. Unfortunately it's happening now, and under our banners.

Allawi is the only current writer on Iraq of any stature who actually is Iraqi, speaks Arabic and yet is very West-familiar.

His revelations, especially concerning corruption and money mismanagement are blood curdling. (Americans sent billions of dollars in suitcases to war torn Bagdad faster than criminals in and out of government could steal it).

This book should be read and re-read for many years to come as the ultimate lesson in what happens when you start to `liberate' countries in the name of dubious ideologies (or even God, according to Bush).

It seems that the West has never learned the lessons of experimenting with ideologies on a grand scale. We tried it with communism and fascism and we now try with neoliberalism and `a rapid democracy export.'
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unrivalled 14 Nov 2007
Format:Hardcover
An absolutely wonderful book. It gives a close and detailed analysis of the political, social, economic, religious and military situation in Iraq prior to and during the occupation. The level of detail and insight is unrivalled, coming as it does from a former exciled opposition politician and now senior figure in the Iraqi government.

It's probably not the best book for an introduction to the subject: it might help if you have some knowledge of the politics of the occupation, for example. On the other hand it is very easy to read and consists mainly of short, precisely titled sections. There are thorough footnotes and cross-references.

An excellent resource book on the subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Honest Report 18 Oct 2013
By crocnaz
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One of the few books out there that tell you exactly what happened. The book is beautifully written and the author highly accomplished and well placed to know the facts. Brilliant narrative, a must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Accurate in depth assessment 16 May 2007
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I recommeend this book. I enjoyed reading it. Highly accurate, evidence based and balanced views.
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