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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (9 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter W. Galbraith Narrator: Alan Sklar Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9781400177776
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The United States invaded Iraq with grand ambitions to bring it democracy and thereby transform the Middle East. Instead, Iraq has disintegrated into three constituent components: a pro-western Kurdistan in the north, an Iran-dominated Shiite entity in the south, and a chaotic Sunni Arab region in the center. The country is plagued by insurgency and is in the opening phases of a potentially catastrophic civil war.

The End of Iraq describes the administration’s strategic miscalculations behind the war as well as the blunders of the American occupation. There was the failure to understand the intensity of the ethnic and religious divisions in Iraq. This was followed by incoherent and inconsistent strategies for governing, the failure to spend money for reconstruction, the misguided effort to create a national army and police, and then the turning over of the country’s management to Republican political loyalists rather than qualified professionals. As a matter of morality, Peter W. Galbraith writes, the Kurds of Iraq are no less entitled to independence than are Lithuanians, Croatians, or Palestinians. And if the country’s majority Shiites want to run their own affairs, or even have their own state, on what democratic principle should they be denied?

Galbraith has been in Iraq many times over the last twenty-one years during historic turning points for the country: the Iran-Iraq War, the Kurdish genocide, the 1991 uprising, the immediate aftermath of the 2003 war, and the writing of Iraq’s constitutions. In The End of Iraq, he offers many firsthand observations of the men who are now Iraq’s leaders. He draws on his nearly two decades of involvement in Iraq policy working for the US government to appraise what has occurred and what will happen. The End of Iraq is the definitive account of this war and its ramifications.

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Quotes & Awards

  • "[Galbraith’s] account of the blunders and the missed opportunities is by a very long way the best one published so far…Here at last is a book written by someone who both knows about Iraq and cares about it…How one wishes that its author had been listened to in the first place.”

    Washington Times

  • “A clear-eyed and persuasive case against the Bush administration’s nation-building project.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 5/9/2010

    " An excellent book that explains how woefully informed and prepared the Bush administration was as it prepared to commit troops and billions of dollars to a war that was justified on the basis of deception and doomed to fail. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daryl | 2/28/2010

    " Good book!!! The Bush administration's understanding of their actions and lack of understanding of their commitment to Iraq is amazing. the arrogance of Chaney, Rumsfield and Bremer completes the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarkis | 5/27/2009

    " Super informative on what's going on in Iraq, especially the ethnic make-up of the country (Sunni, Shiite, Kurds). Everything the Bush administratrion should have known before the nation building campaign, even before going to war! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glenn | 3/8/2009

    " An early warning about the war in Iraq with a possible solution that has been accepted to a degree. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 12/5/2008

    " Excellent recollection of the events leading to the war. It focuses on a brief history leading to the war and the events through 2005. Heavy from a Kurdish perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 8/1/2008

    " Really interesting look into how this administration got us into Iraq and the fundamental lack of understanding of the culture. Galbraith puts forth the 'partitioning' option as a long term solution. A little dated now, but still relevant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 6/6/2008

    " Not just a look at how foolish the invasion of Iraq was; also suggests possible solutions for situation; Galbraith spent 26 years in the State Dept focusing mostly on Iraq. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 9/5/2007

    " The book presents the background of Iraq and why it will be very difficult to keep it together after the U.S. invasion. Moreover, he thinks everyone would be better off if it was helped to split up in as orderly a way as possible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 6/26/2007

    " Fascinating book. This book gives a historical overview of the author's reasons why this war will never end. He is very knowledgable about the county and its leads. He also offers this theory about dividing the county into three seperate sections. "

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About the Author

Peter W. Galbraith, a former US ambassador to Croatia, is the senior diplomatic fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation and a principal at the Windham Resources Group, a firm that negotiates on behalf of its clients in postconflict societies, including Iraq. A regular contributor to the New York Review of Books, Galbraith holds an AB from Harvard College, an MA from Oxford University, and a JD from Georgetown University. He lives in Townshend, Vermont.

About the Narrator

Alan Sklar, a graduate of Dartmouth, has excelled in his career as a freelance voice actor. Named a Best Voice of 2009 by AudioFile magazine, his work has earned him several Earphones Awards, a Booklist Editors’ Choice Award (twice), a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and Audiobook of the Year by ForeWord magazine. He has also narrated thousands of corporate videos for clients such as NASA, Sikorsky Aircraft, IBM, Dannon, Pfizer, AT&T, and SONY. He has also worked as a stage actor and as a promo announcer at WPIX-TV in New York City. His dream is to be an opera singer, a role for which he hones his bass-baritone operatic skills in the upstairs shower of his home.