Bankrolling Basra: The Incredible Story of a Part-time Soldier, $1 Billion and the Collapse of Iraq

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Robinson, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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In 2003, Andrew Alderson gave up his job as a director of a London merchant bank hoping to find a new direction in life. Then, as an officer in the Territorial Army, he was called up to serve in Iraq. On his first day in Basra, he was asked if he knew 'anything about finance' and then was suddenly put in charge of sorting out Basra's Central Bank and running a multi-million pound economy. The US gives him authority for over one fifth of Iraq's finances and he becomes known as 'that merchant banker in Basra'. But Andrew and his team are never quite on Baghdad's radar, or under its orders. He quickly understands that there's another route to stability: getting the cash flowing again. This means frequent, hair-raising adventures delivering suitcases, crates and binbags stuffed with millions of dollars wherever needed and by whatever means - in helicopters, speedboats, planes and landrovers.

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A detailed first hand account of the processes put in place to finance the recovery of the infrastructure of Iraq following the invasion and destruction of large sections of the Iraqi infrastructure ... Read full review


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