The Occupation

The Occupation : War and Resistance in Iraq

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In February 2003, Patrick Cockburn traveled to Iraq, just before the US/British invasion and has covered the war ever since. He traces how the occupation's failure led to the collapse of the country and the high price paid by Iraqis.

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 127 x 193.04 x 20.32mm | 249.47g
  • Verso Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 184467164X
  • 9781844671649
  • 323,371

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"Patrick is one of the most courageous men I've ever met, though you'd never guess from his modest, gentle, quizzical, quirky manner. The book is brief, simple, but immensely powerful. It explains how utterly Washington misunderstood Iraq from the start and how it deluded itself ever after. It contains many arresting, wholly memorable accounts of life in Baghdad as it is actually lived. Patrick took many terrible risks to write it. The least you can do is read it." - Peter Hitchens, Mail on Sunday "Required reading...a masterpiece of journalism." - A.N. Wilson, The Evening Standard "Deeply informed, lucid account of Iraq which will stand the test of time." - Independent "A necessary book." - The Guardian"

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National Book Critics' Circle Award Finalist

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About Patrick Cockburn

Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent for The Independent, has been visiting Iraq since 1978. He was awarded the 2005 Martha Gellhorn prize for war reporting. He is the author of The Broken Boy, a memoir, and, with Andrew Cockburn, Out of the Ashes: The Resurrection of Saddam Hussein.

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