Occupational Hazards


Author: Stewart, Rory Published 09/05/2024 | Paperback / softback
130 x 198 x 31 | 326g

ISBN: 9781035052172 Category:

A fascinating insight into the complexity, history and unpredictability of Iraq from Rory Stewart, bestselling author of Politics on the Edge and host of hit podcast The Rest Is Politics.

‘Devastating’ – The Sunday Times‘Absolutely absorbing’ – Ken LoachBy September 2003, six months after the US-led invasion of Iraq, the anarchy had begun. Rory Stewart, then a young British diplomat, was appointed as the Coalition Provisional Authority’s deputy governor of a province of 850,000 people in the southern marshland region. There, he and his colleagues confronted gangsters, Iranian-linked politicians, tribal vendettas and a full Islamist insurgency.

Occupational Hazards is Rory Stewart’s inside account of the attempt to rebuild a nation, the errors made, the misunderstandings and insurmountable difficulties encountered. It reveals an Iraq hidden from most foreign journalists and soldiers, a rare and compelling insight that remains just as important today.

‘An extraordinarily vivid tale’ – The Guardian‘Wonderfully observed, wise, evocative’ – The Observer

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