"…by far the most absorbing and
disturbing of the many recent books
[and] has the authority
that comes from formidable knowledge and understanding of
a far-away country which, so far, has proved all too complex
“Polk’s compact book should be required
reading for servicemen and women headed for Iraq as well as
for today’s policy planners…crisp, clear narrative
“Polk’s history…reads like
a portent…The effect is haunting.”
“…a sober and informed account of Iraq’s
history, culminating in a compelling critique of the U.S.
STARRED “Polk’s distinguished 60-year career of
diplomatic and academic intimacy with the Middle East grants
him unique authority on his subject and puts this book head
and shoulders above other analyses…Candid, concise,
and highly recommended.”
“The author could hardly be more expert…for anyone
truly wishing to understand this horrendous adventure, there
is no better book than this one.”
of the American Foreign Service Association
"A supremely helpful companion to, and gloss on, the
news from Iraq...Learned, constantly engaging and full of
pointed lessons for those wondering why the war has not ended,
peace has not come..."
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“Polk's distinguished 60-year career of diplomatic and academic intimacy with the Middle East grants him unique authority on his subject and puts this book head and shoulders above other analyses. Candid, concise, and highly recommended; make a definite effort to place this in the hands of your politically- and current-events-minded readers.”
—American Library Association
"A digestible history of this tortured land is something Americans sorely need...And Polk carefully constructs one."
"This book will be informative to two groups scarcely on speaking terms: the supporters of President Bush's invasion of Iraq and those implacably opposed to it...William Polk presents the reader with the full sweep of Iraq's history...He gives us a comprehensive tour."
"...a short (220 pp), pithy, beautifully written account of Iraq and the Iraqis from the earliest times to today."