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4.0 out of 5 stars Well-researched and well-written account, 12 May 2011
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This review is from: Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Baghdad's Green Zone (Paperback)
I don't know that I can say much that hasn't been said. I will be succinct:

The book is really engaging; it isn't easy to put down. I always looked forward to reading more. It exposed the naïve attempt by Americans to create a Middle-Eastern state modeled after the U.S. While there may have been good intentions, they were misguided and based on "the American way", with little concern for feasibility.

My only negative comment on the book concerns the terms used: why are people appointed to a position "tapped"? Why must an expert on energy be an "energy czar"? I find the usage of these and other Americanisms a little annoying. Otherwise, the book was very well written and is, so far, the best of its kind (in my opinion, based on what I have read so far).

I would give the book 4.5/5 stars.
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