I am admittedly way behind the times in both reading and recommending this book. It has been sitting on my shelf since early in 2008. If you have already read all you ever plan to read about Iraq, I understand completely.
Chandrasekaran's book, however, is both well written and illuminating. Or maybe illuminating isn't quite the right word for this tale of American hubris run amok. I mean, how many books have been written about members of the American military industrial complex acting like total idiots and squandering vast sums of money in the process?
Of the cast of characters presented here, Bernie Kerik (remember him?) combines stupidity and arrogance in almost Herculean proportions. It's comforting to know that he is now behind bars, albeit for criminal activities having nothing to do with his short stay in Iraq. Too bad more of his Green Zone compatriots haven't found their way into a small cell somewhere.