The Prince of the Marshes: And Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq by Rory Stewart

Jun 27th, 2015
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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 who had recently completed an epic walk from Turkey to Bangladesh, 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, it amounts to a unique portrait of heroism and the tragedy th

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The Prince of the Marshes: AndOther Occupational Hazards of aYear in Iraqby Rory StewartIn August 2003, at the age of thirty, Rory Stewart took a taxi from Jordan toBaghdad. A Farsi-speaking British diplomat who had recently completed an epicwalk from Turkey to Bangladesh, he was soon appointe

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