Green Zone
A Special Edition of the National Bestseller IMPERIAL LIFE IN THE EMERALD CITY
by Rajiv Chandrasekaran

With a Foreword from the Director of the Motion Picture

Matt Damon (THE BOURNE FRANCHISE, INVICTUS, THE INFORMANT!) and internationally renowned director Paul Greengrass (THE BOURNE SUPREMACY, THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM, UNITED 93) re-team for their latest electrifying thriller in GREEN ZONE. In the film, one soldier will go as far as it takes to uncover a conspiracy that extends throughout an unstable country erupting into war. (Courtesy Universal Pictures)

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    Based on the novel Imperial Life/Emerald City

  • About the Film

    The inspiration for the major motion picture from Universal Pictures, starring Matt Damon, Amy Ryan, and Greg Kinnear, and directed by Paul Greengrass. Produced by Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner (A SERIOUS MAN, UNTIED 93). Screenplay by Brian Helgeland. Coming to theaters March 12.

    About the Book

    The fullest, most intimate account of life in the Green Zone, the sheltered bubble where idealistic Americans planned the occupation while Iraq fell apart.

    The Green Zone, Baghdad, 2003: in this walled-off compound of swimming pools and luxurious amenities, Paul Bremer and his Coalition Provisional Authority set out to fashion a new, democratic Iraq. Staffed by idealistic aides chosen primarily for their political affiliations and views on issues such as abortion, the CPA spent the crucial first year of occupation pursuing goals that had little to do with the immediate crises of a postwar nation. In this acclaimed firsthand account, the former Baghdad bureau chief of The Washington Post gives us an intimate and remarkably dispassionate portrait of life inside this Oz-like place, which continued unaffected by the growing mayhem outside. This is a quietly devastating portrait of imperial folly, and an essential book for anyone who wants to understand those early days when things went irrevocably wrong in Iraq.

    "Absolutely brilliant. It is eyewitness history of the first order.... It should be read by anyone who wants to understand how things went so badly wrong in Iraq."
    --The New York Times Book Review

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    About the Author

    Rajiv Chandrasekaran is an assistant managing editor of The Washington Post and currently heads the Post's continuous news department, which provides breaking news stories to the paper's Web site, Prior to that he was bureau chief in Baghdad, before, during, and after the war. Previously he served as Cairo bureau chief and Southeast Asia correspondent, and covered the war in Afghanistan. He joined the Post in 1994. He has served as the journalist in residence at the International Reporting Project at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies in Washington, and as a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center, also in Washington.



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