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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,229 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George Packer Narrator: Richard Poe Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2006 ISBN:
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The Assassins' Gate, so dubbed by American soldiers, is the entrance to the American zone in the city of Baghdad. In 2003, the United States blazed into Iraq to depose dictator Saddam Hussein. But after three years and unknown thousands killed, that country faces an escalating civil war and an uncertain fate. How did it get to this point?

Rich in history and political insight, this is an important contribution to the ongoing dialogue over the Iraq War. George Packer describes the players and ideas behind the Bush administration's war policy. He also provides first-hand accounts of the men and women, both civilian and military, coalition and Iraqi, who are caught in the middle of the conflict.

Winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Award, George Packer is a venerated staff writer for The New Yorker with four tours on assignment in Iraq. With The Assassins' Gate, he offers a penetrating work of journalism.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 2/8/2014

    " Donald Rumsfeld = war criminal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Hirning | 1/26/2014

    " Great book to learn about the history of the war and the major players in the ongoing saga. Gives you a great feel for life in Iraq during wartime. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 1/25/2014

    " This book stands out among those I've read so far about America's occupation of Iraq. The author is featured prominently in "No End in Sight", the recent documentary. Together, they are excellent companion pieces, if you're in to being outraged and depressed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Faye | 1/13/2014

    " FFL selection. Author writes for the New Yorker and will be speaking at the library. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Gail O'Dea | 1/3/2014

    " Excellent book about the American mistakes in Iraq the first two years of the war. Moving and well-documented "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Golden | 1/2/2014

    " A little partisan at times, but overall pretty eye opening and startling. A good companion piece to State of Denial. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Friedlander | 12/7/2013

    " A must read for anybody who wants to know America's plan for Iraq invasion "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 11/20/2013

    " One of many beat your head against the wall books written about the Iraq debacle. Fascinating, interesting, but ultimately terribly dispiriting hence the moderate ranking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lonni | 11/6/2013

    " Only the first year of our Iraq War - excellent "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Koven | 10/15/2013

    " The most clear-eyed history I've ever read of why we're in Iraq and what happened. This is the standard by which future histories of this war should be judged. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicky | 9/26/2013

    " Man, Iraq is messed up! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Moriabyrne | 8/31/2013

    " An eye-opening look at American-Iraq diplomacy before, during and after the American invasion of 2001. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 1/20/2013

    " I started reading this book--but then had to return it to the library--but am definitely going to check it out again--it's phenomenal. Packer just wrote a fascinating article for the New Yorker on IRAQ, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ethan | 1/13/2013

    " Like watching slow torture. The war was screwed from the get go, and here it all is. At points, it seemed like too much opinion, which was unnecessary on such a major mistake. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 8/14/2012

    " Required reading, if ever there was such a thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 12/28/2011

    " An on-the-ground view of the Iraq Conflict from New Yorker journalist Packer, with a balanced perspective that nevertheless makes the war look pretty much botched from conception to execution to reconstruction. It's not a complete downer, however, profiling countless hopeful strugglers on all sides. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 j.marvin | 11/11/2011

    " The Best Book on Iraq "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 11/10/2011

    " Extremely informative. I wanted to learn more about a historical event that I have lived through and remembered, and this was truly fascinating. It was all new to me, so it took me awhile and it was dense, but I really enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 9/11/2011

    " Best book I read in 2006. Pulitzer finalist which ought to have won. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charles | 3/19/2011

    " A good narrative about all the many, many things America did wrong in the Iraq War. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 2/27/2011

    " I think Packer would have done better to stick with short articles. While some of the content in this book was interesting, much of it was too disjointed and tangential to hold my attention for long. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Faye | 12/20/2010

    " FFL selection. Author writes for the New Yorker and will be speaking at the library. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will | 12/16/2010

    " George Packer is a very good writer and journalist. I've read him in the New Yorker for years and this book was sitting unread on my shelf so now I'm gonna look like a super smart smarmy bastard on the bus and train when I whip this badboy out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 7/26/2010

    " This has confirmed everything I ever thought about the war in Iraq. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Manuel | 3/16/2010

    " Covers the period leading up to the Iraq war. Great book. It covers how there was no plan for what to do after Baghdad fell. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Gail | 8/4/2009

    " Excellent book about the American mistakes in Iraq the first two years of the war. Moving and well-documented "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roger | 6/17/2009

    " Well done and easy to read. I gained a greater understanding of the war in Iraq "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 5/24/2009

    " SOOO much !

    George Packer did a remarkable job of blending personal stories about so many stakeholders involved in Iraq that I increased my understanding of that area ten fold. It really is such a complicated situation, created by centuries of competing factions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isahah | 3/12/2009

    " Explains so much about how/why we are where we are now in Iraq . . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam | 3/3/2009

    " A really good analysis of how we got into the war in Iraq. Many different reasons but one goal. "

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