The Achilles Trap by Steve Coll

Staff Pick

The Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and the U.S. always had a, uh, complicated relationship, even before our invasion in 2003. Coll's new history draws on interviews with insiders—including the head of the Iraqi nuclear program and numerous CIA agents—as well as Hussein's own recordings of his cabinet meetings. This isn't just a brilliant blow-by-blow of diplomatic chess in a post-Cold War world. It's also a riveting true-life thriller that will have readers turning pages at lightning speed.

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$35.00
ISBN: 9780525562269
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Published: Penguin Press - February 27th, 2024

The Achilles Trap by Steve Coll

Staff Pick

While much has been written about near-term miscalculations that led the U.S. to invade Iraq in 2003, journalist Steve Coll goes back farther—to Saddam Hussein’s 1979 assumption of power—and examines a long history not just of American missteps but of ones by Saddam as well. In fact, as Coll notes, the Iraqi leader’s misunderstandings of America were as profound as America’s misunderstandings of him. Much like Coll’s previous books on America’s ill-fated involvement in Afghanistan, the bin Laden family, and ExxonMobil, this is a revelatory and authoritative narrative. In writing it, Coll drew not just on interviews with key individuals and a range of underreported sources, but also on parts of a largely still secret trove of 2,000 hours of tape recordings of Saddam’s leadership meetings.

The Achilles Trap: Saddam Hussein, the C.I.A., and the Origins of America's Invasion of Iraq By Steve Coll Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780525562269
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Published: Penguin Press - February 27th, 2024

Places and Names -- Elliot Ackerman

Staff Pick

A decorated former Marine turned journalist turned author, Elliot Ackerman has written three acclaimed novels since 2015 and now a memoir. In Places and Names, he offers a real-life accounting, writing with the same urgency, passion, and attention characteristic of his novels and with the same penetrating examination of the meaning and costs of war. He does this through a series of essays as he travels to conflict zones, old battlefields, and refugee camps, looking back on his war experiences from different angles. The result is not only an intensely personal book about the purpose and impact of war but also a meditation on the larger meaning of the past two decades of America’s ill-fated involvement in the Middle East.

 

 

 

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780525559962
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Published: Penguin Press - June 11th, 2019

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