"e;Chilling and often scathing detail . . . Should be read by anyone interested in understanding why the United States' quick military victory has given way to an increasingly virulent insurgency."e; "e;The New York Times"e;
In the fall of 2003, Stanford professor Larry Diamond received a call from Condoleezza Rice, asking if he would spend several months in Baghdad as an adviser to the American occupation authorities. Diamond had not been a supporter of the war in Iraq, but he felt that the task of building a viable democracy was a worthy goal. But when he went to Iraq, his experiences proved to be more of an education than he bargained for.
"e;Squandered Victory"e; is Diamond's provocative and vivid account of how the American effort to establish democracy in Iraq was hampered not only by insurgents and terrorists but also by a long chain of miscalculations, missed opportunities, and acts of ideological blindness that helped assure that the transition to independence would be neither peaceful nor entirely democratic. And in a new Afterword for the paperback edition, Diamond shows how the ongoing instability in Iraq is a direct result of the shortsighted choices made during the fourteen months of the American occupation and the subsequent Iraqi interim government.
"e;A forceful and detailed critique of the invasion's aftermath. . . . A searing indictment."e; "e;The Wall Street Journal"e;
"e;Larry Diamond has a flair for making incisive points at the right moment. . . . "e;Squandered Victory"e;] explodes with the frustrations he felt working for the U.S. occupation."e; "e;The New Republic"e;"e;