The Prince of the Marshes by Rory Stewart
And Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq

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In August 2003, at the age of thirty, Rory Stewart took a taxi from Jordan to Baghdad. A Farsi-speaking British diplomat who had recently completed an epic walk from Turkey to Bangladesh, he was soon appointed deputy governor of Amarah and then Nasiriyah, provinces in the remote, impoverished marsh regions of southern Iraq. He spent the next eleven months negotiating hostage releases, holding elections, and splicing together some semblance of an infrastructure for a population of millions teetering on the brink of civil war. The Prince of the Marshes tells the story of Stewart's year. As a participant he takes us inside the occupation and beyond the Green Zone, introducing us to a colorful cast of Iraqis and revealing the complexity and fragility of a society we struggle to understand. By turns funny and harrowing, moving and incisive, it amounts to a unique portrait of heroism and the tragedy that intervention inevitably courts in the modern age.
 

About Rory Stewart

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Rory Stewart is a member of the British Parliament and the former Ryan Professor of Human Rights Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School. Gerald Knaus, founding chairman of the European Stability Initiative, is a Carr Center Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School.
 
Published February 1, 2007 by Mariner Books. 444 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Rudyard Kipling meets Dilbert in this engrossing memoir of a year's service in Iraq by a British member of the Coalition Provisional Authority.

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Soon after Stewart, a British diplomat and professional adventurer, traveled to Iraq late in 2003 to search for work, he was named a provincial governor. In characteristic understatement, he says o

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This insight into occupied Iraq is a must read for people on either side of the political spectrum.

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An insider's view from an outsider of the efforts to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq and the prospects for democracy in the country.

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In August 2003, Rory Stewart, a 30-year-old Scot, hopped a taxi from Jordan to Baghdad and sought a job with the U.S.-led coalition government.

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