Elvis is Titanic

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Aug 28, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
In the spring of 2005, twenty-five-year-old Rhodes Scholar Ian Klaus took a semester-long appointment at Salahaddin University in Arbil, the largest city in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Officially he was there to lecture on American history and to teach English. Unofficially he was there because he felt obliged, as a young American, to help make Iraq a stable and successful country. With assignments from Elvis to Ellington, baseball to Tocqueville, Klaus strives to illuminate the American way for students far more attuned to our pop culture than to our national ideals. Klaus's account of his unusual opportunity offers an astonishingly frank glimpse of life in the other Iraq after Saddam.

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History in the Present
Election Day in a Country Within a Country
Travel Globalization and Hollywood
The Hemingway Lectures
A Country Comes to the Hotel
Sitting in JudgmentCan a Nation Move Forward?
Putting Out FiresAmerica Democracy Islam and the Future
Battles in the Universities
FinalsThe Beginning of the End or the End of
The National Enquirer Writes and Ali Finally Calls Back
Our Flowers Grew Up by Our Youth Blood for Getting
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About the author (2007)

Ian Klaus, who now lives in New York City and Cambridge, Massachusetts, wrote for publications across the United States while he was in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in history at Harvard.

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