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

Red and maroon hardcover with gilt lettering. Jackt has picture of of a man
rowing across a marsh. 396 pages 6×10 inches

In August 2003, on the age of thirty, Rory Stewart took a taxi from Jordan to Baghdad. A Farsi-speaking British diplomat who had recently completed an epic walk from Turkey to Bangladesh, he was once soon appointed deputy governor of Amarah after which Nasiriyah, provinces within the remote, impoverished marsh regions of southern Iraq. He spent the following eleven months negotiating hostage releases, holding elections, and splicing together some semblance of an infrastructure for a population of millions teetering getting ready to civil war.

The Prince of the Marshes tells the story of Stewart’s year. As a participant he’s taking us within the occupation and beyond the Green Zone, introducing us to a colorful cast of Iraqis and revealing the complexity and fragility of a society we struggle to be aware. By turns funny and harrowing, moving and incisive, it amounts to a unique portrait of heroism and the tragedy that intervention inevitably courts within the up to date age.

Red and maroon hardcover with gilt lettering. Jackt has picture of of a man
rowing across a marsh. 396 pages 6×10 inches

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