Beyond the Green Zone
Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq
Beyond the Green Zone is Dahr Jamail’s critically acclaimed, indispensable account of life in Iraq under U.S. occupation.
Named by AlterNet as one of the top three progressive books of 2007, alongside Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine and Jeremy Scahill’s Blackwater, Beyond the Green Zone goes past the polished desks of the corporate media and Washington politicians to tell firsthand the reality of life in Iraq.
This widely read account offers lyrical journalism, personal reflection, incisive analysis, and ground-breaking reportage, including previously unpublished details of the first years of occupation.
Nick Turse for Mother Jones writes that “every conflict spawns a handful of journalists who are willing to not only brave the war zone but to seek out the stories ignored by the press pack. The Iraq War has brought us Dahr Jamail.... I suspect Jamail’s account will prove an enduring document of what really happened during the chaotic years of occupation, and how it transformed ordinary Iraqis…. It tells everything.”
Dahr Jamail reads from his book on one of his most groundbreaking contributions: on the ground reportage from the siege of Fallujah:
Interview with Anthony Arnove during the March, 2008 Winter Soldier hearings near Washington, D.C. on the nature of the occupation, and Jamail’s forthcoming book (contains graphic images):
“Jamail's conviction that telling the Iraqis' stories is a path to personal and perhaps national redemption provides his book with a focus, perspective and objective very different from the so-called "objectivity" of the "professional" journalist.”
“War boosters constantly talk about the presence of al-Qaeda in Iraq but Jamail explains the majority of the resistance to foreign occupation comes from ordinary Iraqis with no extremist links, determined to see their nation truly liberated. He meets many of them and acknowledges that although some initially welcomed the Americans they soon realized that Washington's true aims were subjugation of the country's people and resources.”
—Anthony Lowenstein, Sydney Morning Herald
Read the full review at: http://www.smh.com.au/news/book-reviews/beyond-the-green-zone/2007/12/14...