Dahr Jamail: “Beyond the Green Zone”- NOW AVAILABLE!


Richard Moore

Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2007 13:00:48 -0400
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"International journalism at its best." --Stephen 
Kinzer, former foreign desk chief, New York 
Times; author /All the Shah's Men/

"Essential reading for anybody who wants to know 
what is really happening in Iraq." --Patrick 
Cockburn, Middle East correspondent for The 
Independent; author of /The Occupation: War and 
Resistance in Iraq/

Order /Beyond the Green Zone/ today!

Beyond the Green Zone Reviews and Interviews

Democracy Now:

Original author essay

Yahoo Picks

Foreword Magazine

Review "Beyond the Green Zone is a chronicle of 
decay, frustration, chaos, and dreams destroyed. 
It will no doubt appear as a primary source in 
future histories of the Iraq War. For the 
ordinary reader, these stories of ordinary people 
will reverberate with the sorrowful toll of 
broken lives."



Mother Jones Magazine (no link)
Review in September/October issue

"Every conflict spawns a handful of journalists 
who are willing to not only brave the war zone 
but to seek out the stories ignored by the press 
pack. The Iraq War has brought us Dahr Jamail."

"I suspect Jamail's account will prove an 
enduring document of what really happened during 
the chaotic years of occupation, and how it 
transformed ordinary Iraqis. To paraphrase of the 
Vietnam War's finest correspondents, Gloria 
Emerson, writing about Jonathan Schell's 
exceptional accounts of that conflict: If years 
from now, Americans are willing to read any books 
about the war, this one should be among them. It 
tells everything."

Review by Muhammad Idrees Ahmad

The Indypendent
Book excerpt and cover story

The Mouth of a Graveyard:
A Review of Dahr Jamail's Beyond the Green Zone
by Ron Jacobs

Monthly Review Zine
Unembedded, an American Journalist Keeps Focus on Iraqis
by Jon Letman

Publishers Weekly (no link)
"Readers unsatisfied with mainstream coverage of 
the Iraq War will want to grab this, an up-close 
look at daily life in Iraq since the 2003 
invasion. One of the few unaffiliated journalists 
in Iraq, journalist Jamail went to see the 
conditions for himself, and the compelling, 
heartbreaking stories he sent back over his eight 
month stay were carried in publications 
world-wide: from family houses destroyed with 
their inhabitants to mosques full of people held 
under siege to the ill-equipped medical 
facilities and security forces meant to deal with 
them. Emphatically populist and unapologetically 
dubious of the U.S. government's party line, 
Jamail sees "resistance" where "obedient" 
mainstream reporters see "insurgents," "the 
occupation" where others see "the war." Jamail is 
a courageous writer who relates fears and bouts 
of panic alongside jaunts to Fallujah and other 
hotbeds unapproached by the press at large. 
Though the writing can be clunky, and the stories 
hard to distinguish-without any characters to 
follow (besides Jamail) one is left with the 
picture of a terrible forest, but few of the 
trees-this fascinating, eye-opening document of 
Iraq's day-to-day has a unique perspective and 
moments of incredible impact."
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division 
of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Kirkus Reviews (no link)
"An urgent, in-the-trenches report on the dire 
humanitarian crisis in U.S.-occupied Iraq by a 
freelance Alaskan journalist. Jamail's time in 
war-torn Iraq began in November 2003, seven 
months after the U.S. invasion, when the 
author-who had previously worked as a mountain 
guide on Mt. McKinley while also doing social 
work and freelance writing-arrived from Amman, 
Jordan, into ravaged Baghdad to see for himself 
what was going on. Jamail was not an "embedded" 
journalist-that is, one tied to the 
Pentagon-sponsored "embed" program-but he aimed 
to "look for stories of real life and 'embed' 
myself with the Iraqi people." He stayed nine 
weeks, but returned to Iraq in April of the next 
year. Through various journalist connections, he 
secured drivers to take him around the desperate 
city, from hospitals, where he viewed the grisly 
carnage from car bombings, American snipers and 
shootouts with resistance fighters; to Samarra, 
after an ambush on American soldiers; to entree 
into civilians' homes to hear the truth about 
American military aggression and the lack of 
basic human services, such as water, medicine, 
electricity and gasoline. In the course of his 
travels, he was constantly confronted with angry 
Iraqis who were stunned by American brutality as 
well as their lack of compassion and respect for 
human dignity. Jamail was continually reminded of 
suicide bombs and the fear of being kidnapped, 
and he observed daily the deterioration of 
conditions and ached for the people's general 
lack of health and freedom. Shortly after his 
return, he witnessed the worst resistance 
fighting around Fallujah as the Americans 
retaliated against the murder of four Blackwater 
mercenaries. While the author provides many 
significant, eye-opening observations, the prose 
is pedestrian, and he offers scant historical 
context. Mechanics aside, an important eyewitness 

Baltimore Examiner

Columbia Spectator (on launch event)

Counterspin (with audio, about halfway thru)

KUOW (with audio at 22 min.)

Daily Collegian

Al Jazeera International, Riz Khan Show (with video)


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