A Long Short War: The Postponed Liberation of Iraq

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A Plume Book, 2002 - Political Science - 104 pages
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'A Long Short War' is the one essential book for anyone who wants to understand the greatest global crisis of the past decade, one that bitterly divided public opinion across the United States - and the world. Watching events unfold in the U.S. and writing directly from Iraq, Christopher Hitchens reported on the current crisis while at the same time emphasizing the historical perspective - that this war began when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990, only a few months after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Cutting through the spin and slogans shaping popular thought, he tackles the essential questions. What was the true nature of Saddam's regime? Was this really Bush's war for oil? Will our military action spark more terrorist attacks? In this polemical, incendiary account, Hitchens offers hindsight on the rights and wrongs of an epochal war.

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Read in 2003 or 2004.
I usually enjoy the author's writing. However, the book is choppy and made up of essays written about the invasion and published at different times. In the future I'll be
cautious about books that are similarly written. Choose another book by Hitchens if you're interested in him. 

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Rubbish. I tried to be open-minded but this was the impression I got after reading it. Hitchens justified this war on the ground it is both "retaliatory and preventive". It was neither. Saddam's ... Read full review


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Christopher Hitchens was born in Portsmouth, England on April 13, 1949. He was a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and wrote for numerous other publications throughout his lifetime. He was the author of numerous books including No One Left to Lie To, For the Sake of Argument, Prepared for the Worst, God Is Not Great, Hitch-22: A Memoir, and Arguably. He died due to complication from esophageal cancer on December 15, 2011 at the age of 62.

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