The Unraveling

The Unraveling

High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq

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One of the New York Times ' 100 Notable Books of 2015
One of Financial Times ' Books of the Year, 2015
A New York Times Editors' Choice
A New Statesman [UK] Essential Book of the Year 2015
A Times [UK] Book of the Year 2015
Shortlisted for the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction
Shortlisted for the 2016 Orwell Prize

When Emma Sky volunteered to help rebuild Iraq after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003, she had little idea what she was getting in to. Her assignment was only supposed to last three months. She went on to serve there longer than any other senior military or diplomatic figure, giving her an unrivaled perspective of the entire conflict.

As the representative of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Kirkuk in 2003 and then the political advisor to US General Odierno from 2007-2010, Sky was valued for her knowledge of the region and her outspoken voice. She became a tireless witness to American efforts to transform a country traumatized by decades of war, sanctions, and brutal dictatorship; to insurgencies and civil war; to the planning and implementation of the surge and the subsequent drawdown of US troops; to the corrupt political elites who used sectarianism to mobilize support; and to the takeover of a third of the country by the Islamic State.

With sharp detail and tremendous empathy, Sky provides unique insights into the US military as well as the complexities, diversity, and evolution of Iraqi society. The Unraveling is an intimate insider's portrait of how and why the Iraq adventure failed and contains a unique analysis of the course of the war. Highlighting how nothing that happened in Iraq after 2003 was inevitable, Sky exposes the failures of the policies of both Republicans and Democrats, and the lessons that must be learned about the limitations of power.
Publisher: New York :, PublicAffairs,, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ♭2015
ISBN: 9781610395939
161039593X
Characteristics: xiii, 383 pages :,illustrations, maps ;,24 cm

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SEBoiko
Aug 22, 2015

Every one is loved by some one,...

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SEBoiko
Aug 22, 2015

Women may only be fifty percent of the population; but they have a hundred percent of the influence!

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SEBoiko
Aug 22, 2015

But hard is not hopeless.

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SEBoiko
Aug 22, 2015

The Coalition promised regime change but instead brought about state collapse,...

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SEBoiko
Aug 22, 2015

If you are not my brother in religion, you are my brother in creation.

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Aug 22, 2015

What other job pays you to knock down doors and blow up things?

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Aug 22, 2015

No group recognized the grievances of the others.

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Aug 22, 2015

The legacy of Saddam's policies haunted Iraq.

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SEBoiko
Aug 22, 2015

Nothing That Happened in Iraq after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003 was preordained. And there was nothing inevitable about the way the story unfolded.

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StarGladiator
Apr 20, 2015

Emma Sky, a senior fellow at Yale University's Jackson Institute [along with John Negroponte** and Gen. McChrystal], appears to never get it, and thus kind of gives her opinionated version of events. What utter pomposity! Guess Sky was with the CPA when that $8.7 billion in Iraqi oil funds went missing? Wonder what her take on that was? Oh, not in this book . . .I see.

**John Negroponte has a talent to appear whenever BIG EVENTS occur: sighted in the vicinity of Dallas circa 11/22/63; appeared in Pakistan a week or so prior to the assassination of Benizir Bhutto; replaced Jack Binns as ambassador in Guatemala because the Reagan Administrtion thought death squads to be a really cool capitalist tool!

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