Justin Marozzi

See No Evil

The Weight of a Mustard Seed

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Apart from all the blood it has spilt, the war in Iraq has also produced a bountiful literary harvest on both sides of the Atlantic. Some of these books have been very good. They range from the immediacy of Jon Lee Anderson’s The Fall of Baghdad to the surrealist nightmare of Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s Imperial Life in the Emerald City, which chronicles the pitiful story of Iraq under Paul Bremer’s Coalition Provisional Authority of 2003–4. (Incidentally, Bremer’s dull and self-serving My Year in Iraq is not to be recommended.) Naomi Klein’s burst of righteous anger in The Shock Doctrine provides an excoriating close-up of the administration’s vested business interests in the war.

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