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Occupational Hazards By Rory Stewart

Occupational Hazards by Rory Stewart

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An astonishing account of governing a province of Iraq during the Coalitions Provisional Authority by the prize winning author, Rory Stewart

Occupational Hazards Summary

Occupational Hazards: My Time Governing In Iraq by Rory Stewart

A powerful follow up to Rory Stewart's remarkable debut, The Places In Between, which won the Royal Society of Literature Oondatje Award and the Spirit of Scotland Award and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize and the Scottish Book of the Year Prize.

At the age of thirty, Rory was appointed coalition deputy Governor of two provinces in the Marsh region of southern Iraq. He kept a journal of his experiences struggling to control assassinations and tribal conflict, rebuild the region's infrastructure and establish a new Iraqi government before the hand over of power in June 2004. His time in the Marsh region culminated in a terrifying siege during which he and his team were under sustained attack by insurgents. Haunted by his previous work and travels in Asia, Rory brings a unique sensitivity and perspective to the daily interactions between Iraqis and the coalition and to the perils and even comedy of foreign occupation. His luminous, sharp edged prose reveals a different Iraq to the one familiar to us from print and broadcast journalism and provides a nuanced and sympathetic picture of individuals, both Iraqi and foreign, struggling to manage the collapse of a state.

Occupational Hazards Reviews

"'This is travelling at its hardest and travel-writing at its best' David Gilmour 'An astonishing achievement: a unique journey of great courage' Colin Thubron 'Wise, funny and marvelously humane' Michael Ignatieff 'Tragic, touching and terrifying.' Daily Telegraph 'A writer in the tradition of Thesiger and Thubron.' Spectator"

About Rory Stewart

Rory Stewart was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Malaysia. After a brief period in the British army, he joined the Foreign Office, serving in the Embassy in Indonesia and as British Representative in Montenegro, Yugoslavia. In 2002 he completed a 6,000 mile walk from Turkey to Bangladesh. His account of crossing Afghanistan on foot shortly after the US invasion, The Places In Between, was published in 2004, drew widespread acclaim, and was shortlisted for that year's Guardian First Book Award. He was awarded an OBE in 2004 for his work in Iraq. From 2006 to 2008 he lived in Kabul, where he was the Chief Executive of the Turquoise Mountain Foundation; in 2009 he was appointed to a professorial chair at Harvard University as the Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights; and in 2010 he was elected as Member of Parliament for Penrith and the Border.

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Occupational Hazards: My Time Governing In Iraq by Rory Stewart
Used - Very Good
Pan Macmillan
Short-listed for John Llewellyn Rhys Prize 2007 (UK) Long-listed for BBC Four Samuel Johnson Prize 2007 (UK)
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