Undoing Saddam tells the story of northern Iraq during the transition from U.S. occupation to local sovereignty. During 2004, U.S. and Iraqi government forces faced numerous challenges: insurrection, reconstruction, the creation of a new government, and how to portray the nation, its people, and the governments' actions accurately. Wayne H. Bowen was a U.S. Army Reserve civil affairs officer in charge of higher education and antiquities in the provinces of Nineveh, Dohuk, and Erbil, where he played a critical role in promoting peace and stability. He managed reconstruction projects, served as a key intermediary between Iraqi educational leaders and U.S. forces, and assisted in the search for weapons of mass destruction.Undoing Saddam goes beyond the attacks and violence to detail the day-to-day problems of rebuilding a nation, including constructing schools, digging wells, completing roads, and building new power plants. Bowen also examines functioning village, city, and provincial councils as they endeavor to practice democracy. Based on Bowen's diary, this book presents the daily fight to build a new Iraq despite terrorist attacks, ethnic conflict, and missteps by the Coalition Provisional Authority and U.S. forces.Undoing Saddam will be of interest to everyone interested in the Iraqi occupation and reconstruction efforts.
"Undoing Saddam is an aptly named candid and critical examination of coalition nation-building efforts in Iraqi Kurdistan during 2004. Bowen documents the extent to which the development of Iraq's civilian infrastructure had been all but ignored after Saddam's ascension to power in 1979. The book is a tribute to the heroic efforts of Americans and Iraqis to rebuild the country and drag it into the twenty-first century." - Michael A. Palmer, author of The Last Crusade: Americanism and the Islamic Reformation "I traveled to Iraq in January 2006 and spent a few days talking with soldiers and airmen from my state. What they told me is reflected in this work by Wayne Bowen. He provides an [eyewitness account] of the conflict in Iraq and does it with a refreshing candor that marks him as neither apologist for the Bush administration nor unbridled critic with a political ax to grind." - Mike Huckabee, governor of Arkansas"
List of Illustrations; Preface; Chapter 1: February; Chapter 2: March; Chapter 3: April; Chapter 4: May; Chapter 5: June; Chapter 6: July; Chapter 7: August; Chapter 8: September; Chapter 9: October; Epilogue; Timeline; Glossary; Index; About the Author.