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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (889 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rory Stewart Narrator: Rory Stewart Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781449802271
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In January 2002 Rory Stewart walked across Afghanistan-surviving by his wits, his knowledge of Persian dialects and Muslim customs, and the kindness of strangers. By day he passed through mountains covered in nine feet of snow, hamlets burned and emptied by the Taliban, and communities thriving amid the remains of medieval civilizations. By night he slept on villagers' floors, shared their meals, and listened to their stories of the recent and ancient past. Along the way Stewart met heroes and rogues, tribal elders and teenage soldiers, Taliban commanders and foreign-aid workers. He was also adopted by an unexpected companion-a retired fighting mastiff he named Babur in honor of Afghanistan's first Mughal emperor, in whose footsteps the pair was following. Through these encounters-by turns touching, con-founding, surprising, and funny-Stewart makes tangible the forces of tradition, ideology, and allegiance that shape life in the map's countless places in between. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mags | 2/14/2014

    " Excellent book for those looking for a genuine account of the current intervention in Iraq from the point of view of a Scottish "civilian" who worked for the interim government in the province of Maysan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frederick Bingham | 2/13/2014

    " This book is about a British diplomat trying to govern an obscure Iraqi province during the time of the occupation. He is given the task of trying to mediate between warring factions and the bureaucrats in Baghdad. What an impossible task! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn | 2/13/2014

    " This is the amazing story of a Scottish Diplomat who worked in the civilian authority governing two of the provinces in post-invasion Iraq for a year, and his various struggles to maintain order, and do some good. This mind-boggling adventure will give the most cynical reader a feeling of gratitude for whatever his daily struggles may be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela | 2/10/2014

    " Priceless. A window into what really goes on behind the battle lines in Iraq. Laugh and cry at the utter waste of human lives, enterprise, talents, and taxpayers money revealed in this riveting memoir. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina Hurley | 2/5/2014

    " Maybe it's just the political season that has made me cynical....but I just did not like this book. I kept hoping it would be more. That there would be some "aha" moments. Instead I just grew frustrated with the people, the process, and the lack of progress. Too much money wasted. A real indictment on the Bush administration (yes this is a British book, but in this context the Coalition was headed by Americans). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 itpdx | 2/4/2014

    " This is Rory Stewart's account of his service as a diplomat for the Coalition Provisional Authority in southern Iraq 2003-4. I found his book, The Places in Between well-written and revelatory. I struggled with this book. The Prince of the Marshes: And Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq is engagingly written with touches of self-deprecating humor and clearly tells of the challenges of "nation building" in Iraq after the coalition invasion. I think why I had a hard time dragging myself back to this book was because it was all so discouraging. No answers, simple or complex, emerged. I was reading this at the time that US troops were completing their withdrawal from Iraq and I am not sure that we are leaving a stable, healthy country even now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 1/29/2014

    " If you wonder why things when to sh*t in Iraq, read this book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leonie von Hausen | 1/26/2014

    " Incredible book! If you want to really understand what is going on in Iraq this is what you have to read. Gives a unique insight and is extremely well written. Makes you think and rethink about a lot of fundamental ideas. Thumbs up, Rory Stewart on your courage and thank you for this eye opening and highly interesting account! I could not put it down til the last page! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashleigh Hebert | 1/18/2014

    " Stewart is a long-time diplomat for Great Britain, and his book is, as the title says, a very even-handed description of his time spent in Iraq. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 12/19/2013

    " Very good. Brutal honesty and gallows humour always a winner. Bonus points for a reference to my hometown in the unlikeliest of places. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 12/9/2013

    " Essential reading in order to understand what is going on in Iraq. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 8/28/2013

    " Not as good as The Places In Between, but pretty amazing amongst the sadness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Blain | 11/27/2012

    " Rory Stewart honestly and openly describes his colonial superiority during his service in the occupation of Iraq by the British and the US under Bush and Blair, demonstrating that the occupation had so little understanding of the nation they were trying to run. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Curt | 8/2/2012

    " tribes make management hard "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 4/4/2012

    " Dense but fascinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelsey Paul | 2/25/2012

    " Droning at times, soap boxy at others, Stewart tries to inform people of how Iraq functions. While some of the stories offered good insight, others just droned on with no point to them. At times, I felt like I was reading meeting minutes rather than a book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany | 12/1/2011

    " Honest account of the rebuilding process in Iraq "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg Langston | 7/10/2011

    " A very interesting first lesson (for me) about the social, religous and political structure of Iraq. I can see why we should get out and why we should stay. The read is sometimes to slow and tough to follow, but that's how things are in that region - convoluted and tough to follow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 4/30/2011

    " A British civil servant and adventurer goes to Iraq in late 2003; he works with the coalition and provincial government; gives a new perspective on the Iraqi War. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 3/28/2011

    " I read this upon recommendation from Evan. Thanks. It was good. It explains fairly well how the West completely failed to understand the internal relations of Iraq. And after reading it I have decided to read The Marsh Arabs - a book referenced in The Prince of the Marshes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 3/10/2011

    " Excellent account of the occupancy, showing the massive frustrations of trying to impose your own culture on another. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelsey | 10/25/2010

    " Droning at times, soap boxy at others, Stewart tries to inform people of how Iraq functions. While some of the stories offered good insight, others just droned on with no point to them. At times, I felt like I was reading meeting minutes rather than a book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 2/23/2010

    " There is a slow patch at the beginning, but hang in there. You'll be glad you did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paige | 1/22/2010

    " I agree with another reviewer that the epilogue should be required reading for everybody. I can't believe the crazy life this guy had for a year! I've read several books on the situation in Iraq but this one was probably the best, it was just such a unique perspective and very informative! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rich | 10/12/2009

    " A great book displaying the complexities of the fallout of the Iraq War. Stewart is an incredibly engaging writer offering a very human and real perspective of the issues, often delving deeper than most contemporary media reports of the situation in Iraq. Highly recommended. "

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