Banking on Baghdad: Inside Iraq's 7,000-Year History of War, Profit, and Conflict

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John Wiley & Sons, Nov 11, 2004 - History - 496 pages
New York Times and international bestselling author Edwin Black uncovers Iraq's hidden economy and the companies that profit from its upheaval
Big business and global warfare have long been fiery and symbiotic forces in Iraq. Banking on Baghdad tells the dramatic and tragic history of a land long the center of world commerce-and documents the many ways Iraq's recent history mirrors its tumultuous past. Tracing the involvement
of Western governments and militaries, as well as oil, banking, and other corporate interests in Iraq, Black shows that today, just as yesterday, the world needs Iraq's resources-and is always willing to fight and invade in order to acquire and protect them.
While demonstrating that Iraq itself is partially to blame for its current state of turmoil, Black does not shy away from the uncomfortable truth that war and profit have also played an equal part in creating the Iraq we know today. Just as he did in IBM and the Holocaust, Black exposes the hidden associations between leading corporations, war, and oil-such as the astonishing connections between Nazi Germany, Iraq, and the Holocaust.
He exposes the war and race-based profiteering by some of the world's most prestigious corporations, as well as the political and economic ties between the Bush administration and the companies that gain handsomely from its foreign policy. Just as he did in War Against the Weak, Black offers a compelling blend of history and contemporary investigative journalism that spans a century and eschews easy answers for complicated questions.
Edwin Black (Washington, DC) is the award-winning New York Times bestselling author of IBM and the Holocaust, The Transfer Agreement, and War Against the Weak. His journalism has appeared in the Washington Post, The Village Voice, The Sunday Times (of London), and The Los Angeles Times.
 

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Contents

Have a Nice Day
3
The Cradle of Commerce
13
Robbing the Cradle
21
The Three Ottoman Provinces
49
The Sick Man
71
PART TWO Fumes
93
Oil
95
The Race to Monopolize
113
Chaos and Conquest
195
The Undeclared Country
211
Jihad against Britain
229
The Red Line
261
PART FOUR The Continuing Conflict
291
The Nazi Intersection
293
The Price of Prejudice
331
The Three Gulfs
353

Mr Five Percent
137
Fuel and Fuse
157
PART THREE War and Petropolitics
167
Invasion
169
The Proclamation
191
NOTES
377
MAJOR SOURCES
437
INDEX
451
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EDWIN BLACK is the award-winning New York Times bestselling author of IBM and the Holocaust, The Transfer Agreement, and War Against the Weak. His journalism has appeared in the Washington Post, Newsday, the Village Voice, the Sunday Times (of London), and the Los Angeles Times, as well as in such magazines as American Bar Association Journal, American Lawyer, and Der Spiegel (Germany). Black has won numerous awards for distinguished journalism, including the Carl Sandburg Award, three Rockower Awards, and two awards from the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

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