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The Ballad of Abu Ghraib

By Philip Gourevitch & Errol Morris
The Ballad of Abu Ghraib by Philip Gourevitch & Errol Morris digital book - Fable

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The first full reckoning of what actually happened at Abu Ghraib prison-"one of the most devastating of the many books on Iraq" (The New York Times Book Review)

A relentlesly surprising and perceptive account of the front lines of the war on terror, Standard Operating Procedure is a war story that takes its place among the classics. Acclaimed author Philip Gourevitch presents the story behind a defining moment in the war, and a defining moment in our understanding of ourselves- the infamous Abu Ghraib photographs of prisoner abuse. Drawing on Academy Award-winning filmmaker Errol Morris's astonishing interviews with the Americans who took and appeared in the pictures, Standard Operating Procedure is an utterly original book that stands to endure as essential reading long after the current war in Iraq passes from the headlines.

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“A good but mentally hard read - at least for me it was. I don't like to think that humans are capable of such acts but the reality is that we are. However, this book presents the situation from a perspective that the public was almost entirely not able to see. We saw horror. We saw pictures but the reality behind it was that the people that were doing these things are people, too. There was so much going wrong at the time. Attacks, death, and leaders that had gone awry. Even our own president that determined that these individuals didn't fall under the "geneva" convention. How do you succeed when all your leaders fail you? I find it disgusting that no higher ups went down with these other soldiers. They failed just as much as the soldiers did. Either way, worth the read - if only to see the story from a side that you haven't before.”

About Philip Gourevitch

Philip Gourevitch is the author of We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families, A Cold Case, and The Ballad of Abu Ghraib (with Errol Morris). He has served as editor of The Paris Review and is a longtime staff writer for The New Yorker.

Errol Morris is the author of the New York Times bestseller A Wilderness of Error and the Academy Award–winning director of The Fog of War, among other films, including Standard Operating ProcedureFast, Cheap & Out of Control; and The Thin Blue Line. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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