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

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 396 pages
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 that intervention inevitably courts in the modern age.

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THE PRINCE OF THE MARSHES: and Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq

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Rudyard Kipling meets Dilbert in this engrossing memoir of a year's service in Iraq by a British member of the Coalition Provisional Authority.When 30-year-old Stewart took up his post in September ... Read full review

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When Rory Stewart is tapped by the Coalition government to help run one of Iraq's southern provinces, it seems to be a surprise to everyone, including Rory. And what the author finds there is even ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

RORY STEWART is the best-selling author of The Places in Between and The Prince of the Marshes. A former director of the Carr Centre for Human Rights Policy and Ryan Professor of Human Rights at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, he was awarded the Order of the British Empire for services in Iraq. He is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Penrith and The Border, a constituency in Northern Cumbria, where he lives with his wife.

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