The assassins' gate : America in Iraq / George Packer.

This book recounts how the United States set about changing the history of the Middle East and became ensnared in a guerrilla war in Iraq. It brings to life the people and ideas that created the Bush administration's war policy and led America to the Assassins' Gate--the main point of entr...

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Main Author: Packer, George, 1960-
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005.
Edition:1st ed.
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