About this BookThis revealing account of Iraq's postwar administration, written by a former Washington Post Baghdad bureau chief, focuses on life in the the American's headquarters in central Baghdad, the Green Zone. There the Halliburton-run (and Muslim-staffed) cafeteria served pork at every meal—a cultural misstep typical of the Coalition Provisional Authority, which had sidelined old Arab hands in favor of Bush loyalists.
But this wasn't the only failure of the CPA.
Not only did many of them have no previous exposure to the Middle East; more than half had never before applied for a passport. While Baghdad burned, American officials revamped the Iraqi tax code and mounted an anti-smoking campaign. This portrait of the War in Iraq, which is now a major-motion picture called Green Zone, could very well leave both hard-nosed liberals and hard-nosed conservatives with a different opinion about the second Iraq war.