Book of the Month

The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq” by Emma Sky


The Unraveling is a fantastic first-hand account and bipartisan skewering of how everything fell apart in Iraq. It is written from the unique perspective of the brave and intelligent Emma Sky, who volunteered to help rebuild Iraq. Her assignment was only supposed to last three months, but she ended up serving there longer than any other senior military or diplomatic figure, giving her an unrivaled perspective of the entire conflict. Sky, a woman of the Left, takes both Bush and Obama to task in this fantastic book that often reads like a novel. It is a detailed, and frequently darkly humorous, account that tries to understand everyone involved, Iraqis and Americans, on their own terms. You will go from shaking your head in anger to feeling a lump of pride in your throat for great Americans like General Odierno, who tried so hard and came so close to getting the job done. One of a handful of fair, must-read books on the Iraq War.

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