Item description for Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq by Amy Goodman Dahr Jamail...
“Dahr Jamail does us a great service, by taking us past the lies of our political leaders, past the cowardice of the mainstream press, into the streets, the homes, the lives of Iraqis living under US occupation. If what he has seen could be conveyed to all Americans, this ugly war in Iraq would quickly come to an end. A superb journalist.”—Howard Zinn
We walk slowly under the scorching sun along dusty rows of humble headstones. She continues reading them aloud to me, “Old man wearing jacket with dishdasha, near industrial center. He has a key in his hand.” Many of the bodies were buried before they could be identified. Tears welling up in my eyes she quietly reads, “Man wearing red track suit.” She points to another row, “Three women killed in car leaving city by American missile.”
As the occupation of Iraq unravels, the demand for independent reporting is growing. Since 2003, unembedded journalist Dahr Jamail has filed indispensable reports from Iraq that have made him this generation’s chronicler of the unfolding disaster there. In these collected dispatches, Jamail presents never-before-published details of the siege of Fallujah and examines the origins of the Iraqi insurgency.
Dahr Jamail makes frequent visits to Iraq and has published his accounts in newspapers and magazines worldwide. He has regularly appeared on Democracy Now!, as well as the BBC, Pacifica Radio, and numerous other networks.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.56" Width: 5.67" Height: 1.18" Weight: 1.19 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2007
Publisher Haymarket Books
ISBN 1931859477 ISBN13 9781931859479
Reviews - What do customers think about Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq?
A Personal Report from Iraq Sep 20, 2008
It was refreshing to read some non-mainstream news reports from Iraq. I wanted to see more contact with our troops and their comments and I was disappointed that his reporting wasn't more recent but suffice it to say, Jamail did a great job reporting what he saw. The risks he took to get some of his stories left me a little shaky. I'd certainly read some more of his writing.
Really good journalism Aug 5, 2008
"Lying in bed near Rana was Hanna, fourteen years old. She had a gash on her right leg from the bullet of a U.S. soldier. Her family had been traveling in a taxi in Baghdad past a U.S. patrol that very morning, when a soldier opened fire on the car. Her father's shirt was spotted with blood from a head injury from when the taxi crashed." (page 236)
This is Jamail's eye-witness account from an Iraqi hospital and an example of the really good journalism that puts the reader inside the Iraqi experience. Understanding what civilians are subjected to under the occupation helps explain why the resistance against the U.S. is so popular. This book's relentless exposure of war crimes is a scathing contrast to the establishment media. Jamail should be on national network shows to share the truth with America about what we sent our troops into harm's way to do to another people.
A Report from the American Oil Colony Unredacted May 30, 2008
This is a "slice of life" report on the reality of what is really happening in Iraq. It is nice to read a report that doesn't depend on the control by the neocons that is part of an embedded journalist's story. He was the first author to bring to me the news (since confirmed by Congressional hearings) that the Iraq "parliament has for over two year voted against our occupation of their sovereign country, wants us to set a date to leave, would help us to leave, believes that we are causing the problem, and refuses to give our country their oil. Se Congessional hearings on U N mandate for occupation of Iraq. M L G
Unembedded Reporting May 11, 2008
I am placing an order for this book once I am done writing this 'review'...so, no I have not yet read it...but I have been reading Dahr's reports for the last 3+ years - you can subscribe to his dispatches at his website - and have found his work to be a hugely grounding element in my thoughts and feelings of the US invasion and occupation of Iraq. I had the pleasure of meeting Dahr in NYC in 2005 at one of his presentations on his trips to the country. I asked him how he ever came to the incredibly corageous decision to go to Iraq and he told me that he felt that if he *didn't* go, didn't do something, his head was going to explode. To be so motivated to actually put himself in a war zone is the kind of sincerity and passion that is sorely needed in the journalism of our time. Dahr Jamail is one of my heroes.
Honest and Powerful Jan 31, 2008
Thank you Dahr for heeding the call to take you to the places few Americans allow themselves to go. This book is a true testament of the degree of devastation and misinformation we in the US are at times oblivious to. This book is a must read. Thank you for your life and for your calling.