IMPERIAL LIFE IN THE EMERALD CITY by Rajiv Chandrasekaran (unabridged) is presented by Blackstone Audio and comes with what is perhaps the best audiobook app available (see FEATURES, below).
"A devastating indictment of the post-invasion failures of the Bush administration." (Booklist)
This unprecedented account takes us into the Green Zone, headquarters for the American occupation in Iraq, and shows how the Coalition Provisional Authority helped fuel the insurgency by ignoring pressing Iraqi needs while pursuing irrelevant solutions and pie-in-the-sky policies.
Self-contained, this audiobook app is perfect for your commute, on a trip, or while relaxing. Based on a library-quality recording, this app was built especially for your iPhone and iPod Touch. No unreadable text, no endless scrolling on a tiny screen. The audio is of higher-than-normal quality, making for a great listening experience that will not tire your ears or grate on your nerves.
NOTICE: This app includes the exact same 5-star recording offered elsewhere at much higher prices. It was professionally recorded by Blackstone Audio’s Earphones®-winning narrator Ray Porter. You are not buying yet another amateur or volunteer narration. No clicks, background noises, throat clearing, mispronunciations, tinny voices or monotones will be found here.
"An eye-opening tour of ineptitude, misdirection, and the perils of democracy-building.” (Newsday)
•EXPERIENCE. About 10 hours of narration. Created as a Folium enhancedAudio™ edition, this book includes extra functions and features not found on lesser players.
•PLAYER CONTROLS. Includes listen (play), pause, multi-speed fast forward/reverse, jump ahead/back, chapter skip, volume control, one-touch chapter- and bookmark browser. There is also a “scrub” bar that finds any point inside the chapter with just a tap.
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•CHAPTER TIMINGS. Always know how much time it will take to finish a chapter. Plus, the progress bar at the top of the screen shows how far into the book you’ve come.
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•AUTO-BOOKMARKING. The player remembers where you stopped listening and returns to that exact spot when you open the book again.
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RATING: 9+ Suitable for adults who enjoy fascinating, non-fiction narratives.
The Washington Post’s former Baghdad bureau chief Rajiv Chandrasekaran takes us into the Green Zone, headquarters for the American occupation in Iraq. In this bubble separated from wartime realities, the task of reconstructing a devastated nation competes with the distractions of a Little America—a half-dozen bars, a disco, a shopping mall—much of it run by Halliburton. While qualified Americans willing to serve in Iraq are screened for their views on Roe v. Wade, the country is put into the hands of inexperienced young people chosen for their Republican Party loyalty. Ignoring what Iraqis say they need, the team pursues irrelevant neoconservative solutions and pie-in-the-sky policies instead of rebuilding looted buildings and restoring electricity production. These almost comic initiatives anger the locals and help fuel the insurgency.
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