The author concludes having panned the overall job of the administration. It brings to life the people and ideas that created the Bush administration's war policy and led America to the Assassins' Gate―the main point of entry into the American zone in Baghdad. ‎THE ASSASSINS' GATE: AMERICA IN IRAQ recounts how the United States set about changing the history of the Middle East and became ensnared in a guerilla war in Iraq. The Assassins' Gate by George Packer, 467pp, Faber, £14.99. Perhaps more interesting than the American leaders, with their pristine, naive philosophies and contradictory justifications, are the many accounts of individual Iraqis caught in the maelstrom. He published the work through Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2005. Shadows at the Assassin's Gate: 'homicide bomb' tests resolve in lawless Iraq Rory McCarthy in Baghdad Sun 18 Jan 2004 21.49 EST First published on Sun 18 Jan 2004 21.49 EST "[1], Richard N. Haass, a former director of policy planning at the U.S. State Department, is quoted in the book as saying that he will go to his grave not knowing why the administration chose to invade Iraq. 3. I did two tours in Iraq with the US Army, including one in the “Green Zone” living in Saddam’s palace. The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq recounts how the United States set about changing the history of the Middle East and became ensnared in a guerrilla war in Iraq. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. George Packer of the New Yorker wrote The Assassins’ Gate, American In Iraq in an attempt to explain the ideas behind the 2003 U.S. invasion, and how they came undone. As a meditation on the limits of American power, it's sobering.”―Tom Bissell, The New York Observer“The best book I read in 2005.”―Stephen Elliott, LA Weekly“A brilliantly reported analysis of the war in Iraq.”―GQ“Masterful...Packer's sketch of the prewar debates is subtle, sharp and poignant...His reporting from Iraq was always good, but the book is even better, putting the reader at the side of Walter Benjamin's angel of history, watching helplessly as the wreckage unfolds at his feet.”―Gideon Rose, Washington Post Book World (cover review)“Packer provides page after page of vivid description of the haphazard, poorly planned and almost criminally executed occupation of Iraq. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. It brings to life the people and ideas that created the Bush administration's war policy and led America to the Assassins' Gate--the main point of entry into the American zone in Baghdad. (All my friends got compulsory copies). Please try again. $26. In what way is the gate a metaphor for the current situation in Iraq, and America’s role in the world? Praise also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle. It is not one of the ancient structures one might find in this cradle of civilization but a modern construction put up by Saddam. Buy a cheap copy of The Assassins Gate: America in Iraq book by George Packer. He published the work through Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2005. 3. This book, which does a great job at taking the reader through all the stages that lead to the Iraq War and then through the mismanagement of this great achievement (to topple Saddam with very little bloodshed on both sides) did something very meaningful for me. [3], The book won the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award. He begins with Iraqi exile Kanan Makiya and the neoconservatives who argued for creating a democratic Iraq using American military force to overthrow Saddam Hussein. 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