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The Assassins' Gate (Paperback)

Author: George Packer

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  • Pages: 481
  • Book Subgenre: International Relations / General, Ethnic Studies / General, Military / General, Revolutionary
  • Language: english
  • Format: paperback
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
  • Book Genre: Political Science, Social Science, History

Reviewer: Fareed Zakaria, (New York Times)

"[Packer's] book lacks a tight thesis or structure....But this is more than made up for by the sheer integrity and intelligence of its reporting....Packer provides page after page of vivid description of the haphazard, poorly planned and almost criminally executed occupation of Iraq. In reading him we see the staggering gap between abstract ideas and concrete reality."

Reviewer: Gideon Rose, (Washington Post Book World)

"[M]asterful...Packer relates all this clearly and briskly, painting moving portraits of both Iraqis and Americans while skillfully guiding the reader through the intricacies of colonial administration, Iraqi ethnic politics and Beltway skullduggery. 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."

Reviewer: Michiko Kakutani, (New York Times)

"[An] authoritative and tough-minded new book....What THE ASSASSINS' GATE may lack in freshness...is more than made up by its wide-angled, overarching take on the Iraq war and Mr. Packer's lucid ability to pull together information from earlier books and integrate it with his own reporting from Washington and Iraq."

Reviewer: Tom Bissell, (New York Observer)

"The great strength of George Packer's THE ASSASSINS' GATE is that it give a fair hearing to both views. Free of cant--but not, crucially, of anger--Mr. Packer has written an account of the Iraq War that will stand alongside such narrative histories as A BRIGHT SHINING LIE, FIRE IN THE LAKE and HELL IN A VERY SMALL PLACE. As a meditation on the limits of American power, it's sobering. As a pocket history of Iraq and the United States' tangled history, it's indispensable. As an example of the collision between arrogance and good intentions, it could scarcely be improved upon....In short, THE ASSASSINS' GATE is a book every American needs to read."

Reviewer: Christopher Hitchens, (Publishers Weekly)

"Packer shows himself to be the best chronicler...that the conflict has produced....Packer has a genuine instinct for what the Iraqi people have endured and are enduring, and writes with admirable empathy....The Iraqi debate has long needed someone who is both tough-minded enough, and sufficiently sensitive, to register all its complexities."

Reviewer: Adam Begley, (New York Observer)

"[A] supremely intelligent, even-handed, profoundly troubling look at a conflict from which no one will emerge victorious."

"As memorable as Michael Herr's DISPATCHES, and of surpassing immediacy."

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