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SURVEY OF BOOKS ON IRAQ
When I want to understand something better, I read about it. When I want to understand it in depth, its history, the why behind the what, I read books. This week on the Book Beat, I’ll share with you some of the books currently being offered on the topic of Iraq.
Conservative writers William Kristol and Lawrence Kaplan have written a book entitled The War Over Iraq: Saddam’s Tyranny and America’s Mission. Kristol and Kaplan make a clear case for our involvement in Iraq, and therefore draw criticism from more liberal thinkers. Senator John McCain said of their book, “Anyone who harbors doubt about the imperative of regime change in Iraq should read this book.”
Target Iraq: What the New Media Didn’t Tell You is a collection of essays written by journalists Normal Solomon and Reece Erlich. These essays reveal some of the stories which have gone unreported since the first Gulf War and detail examples of bias in the reporting which did make it into your newspaper.
The New Iraq: Rebuilding the Country for Its People, the Middle East and the World, was written by a Middle East expert who was born to an Iraqi-Jewish family named Joseph Braude. The New Iraq makes the case for a global commitment to Iraq’s future in order to bring peace not only to the Middle East, but to the world.
There are also a number of anti-war books available on the topic of Iraq. One is War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn’t Want You to Know by William Rivers Pitt and former U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter. Ritter claims in this book that during the seven years he was in Iraq, he was able to confirm that Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction were effectively destroyed.
Just a brief survey of the many volumes currently available if you want to read more and in more depth about the country of Iraq and our involvement there. On the Book Beat for KSL Newsradio 1160, I’m Amanda Dickson.