Standard Operating Procedure: A War Story

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Picador, Jan 1, 2009 - Iraq War, 2003-2011 - 286 pages
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Standard Operating Procedure is the story of the infamous Abu Ghraib photographs of prisoner abuse, as seen through the eyes and told through the voices of the soldiers who took them and appeared in them. It is the story of how those soldiers were at once the instruments and victims of a great injustice.

Drawing on more than two hundred hours of Errol Morris’ startlingly frank and intimate interviews with the soldier-photographers who gave us what have become iconic images of the Iraq War.

‘A compelling meditation on a descent into cruelty. ’ Daily Telegraph

‘An extraordinary book . . . Although Gourevitch lets the soldiers speak for themselves, his few analytical forays are invaluable.’ Guardian

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User Review  - Sam Woodward - Goodreads

Most people will recall the disturbing photographs seen on the news of American soldiers abusing inmates of Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison. Standard Operating Procedure is an account of how such treatment ... Read full review

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User Review  - Alexi Lawless - Goodreads

I SO wanted to like this book. I'm a big fan of Gourevitch and his book We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families was hands down one of the most moving works I've ever ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

Philip Gourevitch is an award winning writer who is the editor of the Paris Review and a regular contributor to the New Yorker. Errol Morris has directed documentary films including The Thin Blue Line and The Fog of War, which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2004.

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