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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (77 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chris Hedges, Lloyd James, Laila Al-Arian Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Chris Hedges and journalist Laila Al-Arian spent several months interviewing Iraqi war veterans to expose the patterns of the occupation and how it affects Iraqi civilians. The testimonies of these soldiers and marines provide a disturbing window into the indiscriminate killing of unarmed and innocent Iraqis that is carried out daily by the occupation forces. 

Collateral Damage is organized around key military operations on the battlefield—convoys, checkpoints, detentions, raids, suppressive fire, and “hearts and minds.” Hedges and Al-Arian uncover how the very conduct of the war and occupation have turned the American forces into agents of terror for most Iraqis. The military convoys that speed through the centers of towns, often driving on the wrong side of the street or on sidewalks, have become trains of death. Soldiers fire upon Iraqi vehicles with impunity at checkpoints; pregnant women being rushed to the hospital have been killed at roadblocks when their husbands failed to slow down, and children have watched in horror as their parents have been killed. 

Hedges and Al-Arian show how this widespread pattern of civilian killing has fueled the insurgency in Iraq, giving rise to instability, sectarian violence, and total chaos.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lloyd James has a gentle but solid voice…Listeners will be moved by the restraint and resolve in his voice as he recounts some of the more disastrous events.”

    Publishers Weekly 

  • “Narrator Lloyd James…delivers a respectful and ultimately powerful reading.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Robin | 6/27/2013

    " The dispicable and inhumane treatment of Iraqi civilians is hauntingly recounted by U.S. military veterans of the Iraqi conflict. I was not surprised but I still was horrified by the stories told. Quick read if you are interested in the topic "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Eduardo | 6/3/2012

    " I had to put it down after the first page because I was getting a knot in my throat, watery eyes and a flushed face. Every responsible U.S. citizen needs to read this stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kriyakid | 5/30/2012

    " Important, well researched book about the war in Iraq on the ground, hidden by the news media. Based on interviews with those who fought the war. Recommended! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Peter | 2/1/2012

    " Confirms what is inferred from the news of the Iraq occupation. "

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