The Age of Jihad
Islamic State and the Great War for the Middle East
Paperback ISBN: 1786630427
From the award-winning author of The Rise of Islamic State, the essential story of the Middle East’s disintegration The Age of Jihad charts the turmoil of today’s Middle East and the devastating role the West has played in the region from 2001 to the present. Beginning with the US-led invasion of Afghanistan, Cockburn explores the vast geopolitical struggle that is the Sunni–Shia conflict, a clash that shapes the war on terror, western military interventions, the evolution of the insurgency, the civil wars in Yemen, Libya and Syria, the Arab Spring, the fall of regional dictators, and the rise of Islamic State. As Cockburn shows in arresting detail, Islamic State did not explode into existence in Syria in the wake of the Arab Spring, as conventional wisdom would have it. The organization gestated over several years in occupied Iraq, before growing to the point where it can threaten the stability of the whole region. Cockburn was the first Western journalist to warn of the dangers posed by Islamic State. His originality and breadth of vision make The Age of Jihad the most in-depth analysis of the regional crisis in the Middle East to date.
In the Gray Area
A Marine Advisor Team at War
Hardcover ISBN: 1591142814
The award-winning author of The Highway War and the leader of a U.S. Marine Corps advisor team embedded with an Iraqi army infantry battalion beginning in 2008 frankly addresses the realities of that mission and reflects on challenges the Marines and their Iraqi counterparts faced in their struggle to gain control of al-Anbar province.
Iraq and Back
Inside the War to Win the Peace
Paperback ISBN: 1591146496
A retired U.S. Air Force Colonel provides her first-hand account of the effort to rebuild Iraq and describes the political, military and economic issues that made their mission to reconstruct infrastructure, provide humanitarian assistance and foster democracy nearly impossible. Original.
Standard Operating Procedure
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 1594201323
Collects the stories of the American soldiers who took and appeared in the controversial digital photographs from Abu Ghraib, in a collaborative account of Iraq's scandal-marked occupation that reveals how it is being experienced by both guards and prisoners. 100,000 first printing.
The American Military Adventure in Iraq
Hardcover ISBN: 159420103x
A military chronicle of the Iraq war is a critical assessment of America's role as viewed from the firsthand perspectives of senior military officers that argues that the guerrilla insurgency that took place in the months after the fall of Saddam Hussein was avoidable and that officers who spoke against the war did so at the cost of their careers. 200,000 first printing.
The Inside Story of the Invasion And Occupation of Iraq
Hardcover ISBN: 0375422625
A definitive account of the war in Iraq by two experienced journalists provides a behind-the-scenes look at the decision-making process that determined the nature of American involvement in Iraq, drawing on interviews with General Tommy Franks, Condoleeza Rice, and other officials and military personnel to detail the milistary strategy, campaigns, personalities, enemy combatants, and occupation. 200,000 first printing.
The Secret Way to War
The Downing Street Memo And the Iraq War's Buried History
Paperback ISBN: 1590172078
At the beginning of May 2005, just before the British elections, the London Times published the so-called Downing Street memo, the leaked secret minutes of a July 2002 meeting of senior British foreign policy and security officials. The memo suggested that eight months before the invasion of Iraq, long before weapons inspections resumed, President Bush had already decided on war and to justify it by Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and links to terrorists, that the “intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy,” that the US wanted to avoid consulting the UN, and that few plans were being made for the aftermath of war. Largely ignored in the US press for weeks afterward, the memo was finally published, with an extensive commentary by Mark Danner, in The New York Review. Danner wrote two follow-up pieces about the significance of the memo, showing how it proves that Bush had decided to invade Iraq much earlier than he admitted and only agreed to weapons inspections not to avoid war but in the expectation that the Iraqis would invite it by refusing to cooperate. Most important, Danner argues that in the face of such clear evidence of deception, the press, public, and Congress still have not held the administration responsible. The Secret Way to War beings together Mark Danner’s strongly argued analysis of the Downing Street Memo, along with the text of the memo itself and seven other leaked British documents that show Tony Blair’s government struggling to find legal and political rationales and strategies to support regime change in Iraq.
Blood for Oil and the Cheney-Bush Junta
Paperback ISBN: 1560255021
Offers a series of essays analyzing the development of United States foreign policy and criticizing the country's role in the world, its intervention in other lands, and the domestic impact of such policies.
A Disappearance in Damascus
Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War
Hardcover ISBN: 1250147875
Winner of the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-Fiction Longlisted for the B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction In the midst of an unfolding international crisis, renowned war reporter Deborah Campbell finds herself swept up in the mysterious disappearance of Ahlam, her guide and friend. Campbell’s frank, personal account of a journey through fear and the triumph of friendship and courage is as riveting as it is illuminating. The story begins in 2007 when Deborah Campbell travels undercover to Damascus to report on the exodus of Iraqis into Syria following the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. There she meets and hires Ahlam, a refugee working as a “fixer