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Betrayed

Author: George Packer
Publisher: New York : Faber and Faber, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Millions of Iraqis, spanning the country's religious and ethnic spectrum, welcomed the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. But the mostly young men and women who embraced America's project so enthusiastically that they were prepared to risk their lives for it by aiding the U.S. forces constituted a small minority. On a cold, wet night in January 2007. George Packer met two such Iraqi men in the lobby of the Palestine  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Drama
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: George Packer
ISBN: 9780865479913 0865479917
OCLC Number: 176975138
Description: xii, 108 pages ; 21 cm
Responsibility: George Packer.
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"Millions of Iraqis, spanning the country's religious and ethnic spectrum, welcomed the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. But the mostly young men and women who embraced America's project so enthusiastically that they were prepared to risk their lives for it by aiding the U.S. forces constituted a small minority. On a cold, wet night in January 2007. George Packer met two such Iraqi men in the lobby of the Palestine hotel in Baghdad to hear their stories and those of other Iraqis working as translators and additional key personnel for the U.S. military and occupation authorities. They had assumed that their perspective would be valuable to foreigners who knew little or nothing of Iraq. But instead of respect and gratitude, those who chose to help bridge the gap between the occupiers and the occupied were met with suspicion and hostility. They have been killed by insurgents and militias, ignored by U.S. officials, fired from their jobs without reason or recourse, and prevented from fleeing to the United States for safety." "Based on Packer's account in The New Yorker, Betrayed is a riveting and morally complex drama that explores in the Iraqis' own words the ways in which we have already abandoned them."--Jacket.

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