The Prince of the Marshes

The Prince of the Marshes

And Other Occupational Hazards of A Year in Iraq

Book - 2006
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In August 2003, at the age of thirty, Rory Stewart took a taxi from Jordan to Baghdad. A Farsi-speaking British diplomat, he was soon appointed deputy governor of Amarah and then Nasiriyah, provinces in the remote, impoverished marsh regions of southern Iraq. He spent the next eleven months negotiating hostage releases, holding elections, and splicing together some semblance of an infrastructure for a population of millions teetering on the brink of civil war.

The Prince of the Marshes tells the story of Stewart's year. As a participant, he takes us inside the occupation and beyond the Green Zone, introducing us to a colorful cast of Iraqis and revealing the complexity and fragility of a society we struggle to understand. By turns funny and harrowing, moving and incisive, this book amounts to a unique portrait of heroism and the tragedy that intervention inevitably courts in the modern age.

Publisher: Orlando, FL : Harcourt, Inc., c2006
ISBN: 9780143052319
0143052314
Branch Call Number: 956.704431 STE
Characteristics: xviii, 396 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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