The Man Who Pushed America to War: The Extraordinary Life, Adventures and Obsessions of Ahmad Chalabi

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PublicAffairs, Dec 31, 2008 - History - 400 pages
This is the true story of Ahmad Chalabi, fraudster, statesman, banker, math whiz and aesthete, whose legendary charisma and charm -- and almost hypnotic powers of persuasion - helped propel the United States to war in Iraq. This extraordinary investigative biography - written by an Emmy Award-winning journalist who works for NBC's Investigative Unit -- exposes massive white-collar mischief, sophisticated international espionage operations, and political intrigue spanning the globe from Tehran to Texas. Chalabi was a shrewd Iraqi Arab from a family of Shiite bankers. Aram Roston tracked down forgotten Chalabi business partners and friends and dug through the records from courthouses around the world. The book reveals how this convicted felon, fugitive from justice in Jordan, and ally of the Iranian government managed to charm and influence the top leaders of the United States, including US senators like John McCain. The book has the inside story of Chalabi's pre-war propaganda operations the exclusive details of Chalabi's financial dealings and political access.

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What do you get when you cross a felonious royalist bearing a long agenda and list of grudges with the world's sole superpower? An endless war in a faraway land, that's what.Though NBC Nightly News ... Read full review

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Although the agenda to invade Iraq was in place well before 9/11, many insiders maintain it wouldn't have happened without the subject of this lively, often dismaying biography. A child when his ... Read full review


Title Page Prologue
Golden Age 19441958
Chalabi in America 19621968
Beirut 19711977
Petra Bank 1977
Iran and Shiism 19781988
Business with Saddam 19801989
September 11A New Direction
Saddams Airline Hijacking School
The Case of the Underground Wells
David Rose 20012003
The Man Who Invented the Mobile Labs March 2002
Saddams Mistress September 2002
The Runup to War Summer 2002Winter 2003
The Committee for the Liberation of Iraq Autumn 2002

The Collapse of the Chalabi Empire 19891990
The Fall of Ahmad Chalabi 1989
Desert Storm 19901991
Recruitment 1991
Going After Jordan 1992
Audit by Burglary
The Funding 1992
Conviction 1992
Guerrilla Warrior 19931995
Victory in Hong Kong 1995
Tossed Out in the Cold 1996
Ahmad Chalabis Allies 1997
Wooing the Neocons 19971998
Frozen Assets and the Iraq Trust
Forming INDICT
Ahmad Chalabis Law 1998
The Money Returns
Representing Chalabi
The Uses of September 11 2001
The Free Iraqi Forces and the End of the Iraq Liberation
The Birth of DeBaathification Summer 2002
There Is Oil in Iraq
Getting Ready Winter 2003
Entering Iraq April 2003
The Dossiers 2003
An Armored Truck and 250 Million April 2003
DeBaathification Part II 20032004
Chalabi vs Bremer May 2003April 2004
The UN Gets a Warning Summer 2003
The State of the Union January 2004
BKSH at War 20032004
Banking in Iraq SummerFall 2003
Chalabi Under Siege May 2003
The Iran Connection
Weapons of Mass Destruction
Almost at the
Inside Deal 2005
The Vote 20052006
The Rescue of the Journalist 2005

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Aram Roston is an Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter who has worked as a producer at the NBC Nightly News investigative unit, a correspondent for CNN, and a New York City police reporter. He specializes in covering national security, law enforcement, and white collar crime and corruption. He has reported from around the world. His work has been published in Maclean's, the Nation, the London Observer, GQ, Mother Jones, and Washington Monthly.

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