Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

The Prince of the Marshes: And Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq

Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

The Prince of the Marshes: And Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq

Article excerpt

CURRENT EVENTS The Prince of the Marshes: And Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq, by Rory Stewart. Harcourt, August 2006. $25

Rory Stewart, a young British diplomat and professional adventurer with considerable experience both in administration and in the Middle East, traveled to Iraq in 2003 in search of work. There he spent a year with the Coalition Provisional Authority as a deputy governor in two remote southern provinces well away from the Green Zone in Baghdad. His memoir of that time is riveting reading-exciting, funny, infuriating, and troubling. Interestingly, the book is political only by implication. Stewart, who clearly believes in the practical principle of helping the Iraqis learn to govern themselves after the overthrow of Saddam, has very little to say as to the overall wisdom of the invasion itself. He primarily addresses the overwhelmingly fractious nature of Iraqi society post-Saddam and the spectacularly difficult task of creating a democracy within that society.

Stewart, through his translators, must contend with a bewildering array of tribal and religious factions, the majority of them well armed and out for whatever money, power, and armament is available. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.