Iraq crisis

War Plan Iraq
Ten Reasons Against War with Iraq

by Milan Rai, Noam Chomsky

Mr. Rai points out that attacking Iraq would be against international law. Article 51 of the UN charter, a treaty which are supreme laws of the land under the constitution, allows for armed force by nations only in cases of individual or collective self-defense. This armed force is clearly understood, the author notes, in response to a clear and verifiable military attack across a nations border. -- Chris Green, a reader

The Threatening Storm
The Case for Invading Iraq

by Kenneth M. Pollackw

For the past fifteen years, as an analyst on Iraq for the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Council, Kenneth Pollack has studied Saddam as closely as anyone else in the United States. In 1990, he was one of only three CIA analysts to predict the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. -- Book description

The Reckoning
Iraq and the Legacy of Saddam Hussein

by Sandra MacKey

A journalist who has long covered the Middle East, Mackey destroys the myth that toppling Saddam Hussein will solve Iraq's problems and America's. She clearly traces the complex and diverse history of the country from its biblical roots to the present day. The most salient feature of the country, she argues strongly, is its fragility. -- Publishers Weekly

Target Iraq
What the News Media Didn't Tell You
Norman Solomon

Deftly separating truth from propaganda, Target Iraq is a hard-hitting expose of the harsh realities and consequences of the pending war and the media's failure to present the full spectrum of issues to the public. Target Iraq will figure prominently in the national debate about the war against Iraq. Included are appendices by the Institute for Public Accuracy. -- Book description

A History of Iraq
by Charles Tripp

Tripp offers a lucid, digestible overview of contemporary Iraq's byzantine political power structure. Placing the evolution of the modern Iraqi state firmly into historical context, the author analyzes the roots of Islamic law, the negative effects of British imperialism, the controversial Haahemite monarchy, the fledgling republic, and, finally, the emergence of the militant Ba'th Party and the subsequent dictatorship of Saddam Hussein. -- Booklist
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Saddam Hussein
A Political Biography

by Efraim Karsh, Inari Rautsi

The definitive history of the birth and development of the great age of Iranian civilization by the world authority on ancient Persian culture. "This book is excellently written and well-organized to present a sound but reflectively new study of Islam's penetration...into Iran." -- Peter Avery, The Middle East Journal
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The New Iraq
Rebuilding the Country for Its People, the Middle East and the World

by Joseph Braude

The book's riveting portrayal of Iraqi society today - from its preachers and wealthy elites to its prostitutes and disaffected majorities - sheds light on a world unknown to Westerners due to the country's isolation under an international embargo. Iraq is the most ethnically diverse country in the Arab world today. -- Book description

Iraq Under Siege
The Deadly Impact of Sanctions and War

by Anthony Arnove

This edited volume is perhaps one of the most important books to emerge on the US political scene in the last few years. In a series of short essays, several leading lights of the anti-sanctions movement highlight the tremendous toll on civilian society in Iraq that a decade of US-led sanctions has taken. -- Romi Mahajan, a reader

The War over Iraq
Saddam's Tyranny and America's Mission

by William Kristol, Lawrence F. Kaplan

Between the 1991 Persian Gulf War and the current crisis over Iraq, neoconservative thinkers such as Kristol (editor of the Weekly Standard) worked to keep Saddam Hussein at the center of the U.S. foreign policy agenda. In this slim, well-argued book, Kristol and Kaplan, a senior editor at the New Republic, cogently make the case for a U.S. invasion of Iraq. -- Publishers Weekly

Saddam's Bombmaker
The Terrifying Inside Story of the Iraqi Nuclear and Biological Weapons Agenda

by Khidr Abd Al-Abbas Hamzah

"I am lucky to be alive," writes Khidhir Hamza on the opening page of this memoir, which reads like a thriller. Hamza describes how he helped Saddam Hussein design a nuclear bomb over the course of 22 years. He has an amazing story to relate, and with the help of collaborator Jeff Stein, he tells it remarkably well. -- review

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