For eighteen months, Bob Shacochis covered "Operation Uphold Democracy" in Haiti, where he bunked with a team of Special Forces Commandos -- the most highly trained and sophisticated warriors in history. There, he observed both the heroic exploits and the unrelenting frustrations of men struggling to be soldiers in a military environment in which "acceptable losses" has evolved to mean "no losses whatsoever". From the Pentagon's war room to the dangerously divided U.S. embassy in Portau-Prince and the inner circles of both Haiti's military junta and the terrorist group FRAPH, Shacochis chronicles what the military calls OTW -- Operations Other Than War. The result is a revelatory view of modern-day warfare, an assessment of our obligations as the world's peacekeeper, and a song of freedom dedicated to not just the Haitian people, but to any culture staggering through the aftershock of twentieth-century imperialism.
"Every war brings forth one perfect book . . . Now we have The Immaculate Invasion, the masterpiece of the 1994 U.S. assault on and occupation of Haiti." --Chicago Tribune "A bitter, funny, engrossing adventure between the mysteries and comedy of the American military machine and the infinite suffering of Haiti." --Herbert Gold, San Francisco Chronicle "An unforgettable mixture of hard journalism and sharp commentary that captures much of the absurdity and futility of the 1994 American-led U.N. invasion of Haiti." --Kenneth Maxwell, Foreign Affairs "An extraordinary book about an extraordinary event. . . I felt transported to Haiti. I could hear it. I could smell it. At moments I felt moved almost to tears, only to find myself, a page or two later, laughing out loud." --Tracy Kidder