This is an unlikely hybrid of boy's own adventure story, business chronicle, and distressing insight into the deterioration of post-war Iraq. I couldn't help enjoying that unusual mixture and the hard-nosed eccentricity of Bond-Gunning. He reads like a throwback to the days when there were countless Brits trying to pull off peculiar enterprises in the most inaccessible or inhospitable corners of the globe. (Nowadays that eccentricity tends to get channeled into tedious and irrelevant attempts to do mad things for the sake of appearing mad - climbing mountains with an ironing board on their back and tea towel on their head, for example.) I also like the idea of a new genre of 'extreme business' books to spare us the pomposity of most of the theoretical waffle on business-related subjects. Good and intelligent stuff.
Having been to Iraq during the period the author covers i find this a refreshing read. He gives us an amusing account of the trials and tribulations of setting up business in post war Iraq. This is complemented by a unique insight into the Iraqi people, a race who have so much to offer. I would advise those that want to understand the nature of post war iraq, from a human perspective, to read Baghdad Business School.
A gripping and fascinating read about the extraordinary experiences of someone thrown into a difficult and unusual situation, illustrating enterprise and a heap of common sense, and written with none of the pretensions of a journalist or politician. I can thoroughly recommend it to all age groups.
I too was looking forward to this book. A combination of a business book, at the cutting edge of history would be something worth looking at, I thought. I was very disappointed. The writing style is inane, not so much Boys Own, as just by a boy. There is no gravitas. Planes get shot down, and people die, but hell, all in a day's work for the good ol' boys at DHL. In addition, the comments about the situation in Iraq also lacked any depth whatsoever. The worst thing about the book, however, is the punctuation and grammar. The odd mistake crops up every now and then at the beginning, but it gets worse and worse until it affects the enjoyment of the book. I can't ever remember reading a book with such bad English. Do the publishers employ an editor? Impossible to recommend.