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The conflict in Iraq is characterized by three faces of war: interstate conflict, civil war, and insurgency. The Coalition’s invasion of Iraq in March 2003 began as an interstate war. No sooner had Saddam Hussein been successfully deposed, however, than U.S.-led forces faced a lethal insurgency. After Sunni al Qaeda in Iraq bombed the Shia al-Askari Shrine in 2006, the burgeoning conflict took on the additional element of civil war with sectarian violence between the Sunni and the Shia.The most effective strategies in a war as complicated as the three-level conflict in Iraq are intertwined and complementary, according to the editors of this volume. For example, the “surge” in U.S. troops in 2007 went beyond an increase in manpower; the mission had changed, giving priority to public security. This new direction also simultaneously addressed the insurgency as well as the civil war by forging new, trusting relationships between Americans and Iraqis and between Sunni and Shia. This book has broad implications for future decisions about war and peace in the twenty-first century.
By Heather S. Gregg (editor)

Hardcover:

9781597974998 | Potomac Books Inc, July 1, 2010, cover price $60.00

Paperback:

9781597975001 | Potomac Books Inc, July 1, 2010, cover price $22.50 | About this edition: The conflict in Iraq is characterized by three faces of war: interstate conflict, civil war, and insurgency.

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Named one of the Best Books of 2005 by The New York Times, The Washington Post Book World, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle Book Review, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, The New York Times Book Review, USA Today, Time, and New York magazine.  The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq recounts how the United States set about changing the history of the Middle East and became ensnared in a guerrilla war in Iraq. It brings to life the people and ideas that created the Bush administration’s war policy and led America to the Assassins’ Gate—the main point of entry into the American zone in Baghdad.  The Assassins’ Gate also describes the place of the war in American life: the ideological battles in Washington that led to chaos in Iraq, the ordeal of a fallen soldier ’s family, and the political culture of a country too bitterly polarized to realize such a vast and morally complex undertaking. George Packer’s best-selling first-person narrative combines the scope of an epic history with the depth and intimacy of a novel, creating a masterful account of America’s most controversial foreign venture since Vietnam.

Hardcover:

9780786284511 | Large print edition (Thorndike Pr, April 10, 2006), cover price $30.95 | About this edition: Named one of the Best Books of 2005 by The New York Times, The Washington Post Book World, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle Book Review, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, The New York Times Book Review, USA Today, Time, and New York magazine.
9780374299637 | Farrar Straus & Giroux, September 22, 2005, cover price $26.00 | About this edition: Reconstructs America's entry in the Iraq War, focusing particular attention on the cultural misunderstandings on both sides that made the war possible, as well as the missteps that have shaped its outcome.

Paperback:

9780374530556 | Farrar Straus & Giroux, September 1, 2006, cover price $16.00

Miscellaneous:

9780374705329 | 1 edition (Farrar Straus & Giroux, April 1, 2006), cover price $9.99

Prebinding:

9781435277069 | Reprint edition (Paw Prints, May 16, 2008), cover price $24.00

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