Standard Operating Procedure

Standard Operating Procedure

Philip Gourevitch, Errol Morris


An totally unique literary and highbrow collaboration by means of of our keenest ethical and political observers has produced a nonfiction Heart of Darkness for our time: the 1st complete reckoning of what really occurred at Abu Ghraib felony, according to 1000s of hours of particular interviews with the american citizens concerned.

The Ballad of Abu Ghraib unearths the tales of the yankee squaddies who took and seemed within the iconic images of the Iraq war-the haunting electronic snapshots from Abu Ghraib criminal that surprised the world-and concurrently illuminates and alters without end our realizing of these photographs and the occasions they depict. Drawing on greater than 2 hundred hours of Errol Morris's startlingly frank and intimate interviews with americans who served at Abu Ghraib and with a few of their Iraqi prisoners, in addition to on his personal study, Philip Gourevitch has written a relentlessly fabulous account of Iraq's profession from the interior out-rendering vibrant graphics of guards and prisoners ensnared in an appalling breakdown of command authority and ethical order.

What did we predict we observed within the notorious pictures, and what have been we, in reality, ? What did the folks within the images imagine they have been doing, and why did they take them? What used to be "standard working process" and what was once "being inventive" whilst it got here to creating prisoners uncomfortable? Who was once giving orders, and who was once following them? the place does the road lie among humiliation and torture, and why and the way does that subject? was once the real Abu Ghraib "scandal" end result of the an exposŽ or a cover-up?

In exploring those questions, Gourevitch and Morris have crafted a nonfiction morality play that stands to suffer as crucial studying lengthy after the present battle in Iraq passes from the headlines. through taking us deep into the voices and characters of the boys and girls who lived the horror of Abu Ghraib, the authors strength us, no matter what our politics, to reexamine the pat reasons within which we've got been offered-or sought-refuge, and to work out afresh this watershed episode. rather than a "few undesirable apples," we're faced with disturbingly traditional younger American women and men who've been dropped into anything out of Dante's Inferno.

The Ballad of Abu Ghraib is a e-book that makes you're thinking that and makes you see-an crucial contribution from of our most interesting nonfiction artists operating on the height in their powers.

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