- High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq
- Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
- Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 05-23-16
- Language: English
- Publisher: Tantor Audio
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In the West, violence in Iraq is typically explained away as the symptom of psychopathic terrorists, blurring and arbitrary colonial borders, and ancient hatreds between Sunni and Shia. But the violence stems from weak governance and corrupt elites, empowered by the US-led coalition, who use sectarianism to mobilize support and fail to deliver service to the meet the needs of the country's citizens. Women and men, Iraqis and Americans, soldiers and civilians, the ordinary and yet extraordinary, Western cultures and Eastern all collide in Iraq.
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By Amazon Customer on 09-17-16
Inspiring memoir; irritating narration
The pronunciation of Arabic words and names is poor in most audible.com books about the Middle East. This is understandable, and mostly forgivable given the inaccessibility of the language. But narrator Henrietta Meire belongs in a class of her own. She can pronounce "Iraq" and "Saddam Hussein," but for everything else, she's just winging it. She mangles even commonly known terms like Sunni, which she pronounces to rhyme with bunny -- and since this word occurs hundreds of times in the book, it is quite distracting. She has notable lapses in English as well, to include pronouncing Rumsfeld as Rumsfield, and corps (as in an Army Corps) to sound like corpse.
With that caveat made, this is a great book about the Iraq War. Sky was against the war, but spent nearly a decade there working closely with the US Army to make the aftermath succeed. Which it did, very briefly, following the surge, before collapsing again. Sky's story humanizes everyone involved, whether Iraqi, American, British, civilian or military. Worth a listen, despite the narration.
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