The Leading eBooks Store Online 4,353,660 members ⚫ 1,442,818 ebooks

New to eBooks.com?

Learn more

To Be a Friend Is Fatal

The Fight to Save the Iraqis America Left Behind

To Be a Friend Is Fatal by Kirk W. Johnson
Not for sale in
your country
Not Available
The “searing” (The New Yorker), “must read” (The Philadelphia Inquirer) memoir of “one of the few genuine heroes of America’s war in Iraq” (Dexter Filkins).

In January 2005 Kirk Johnson, then twenty-four, arrived in Baghdad as USAID’s (US Agency for International Development) only Arabic-speaking American employee. Despite his opposition to the war, Johnson felt called to civic duty and wanted to help rebuild Iraq. Working as the USAID’s first reconstruction coordinator in Fallujah, he traversed the city’s IED-strewn streets, working alongside idealistic Iraqi translators—young men and women sick of Saddam, filled with Hollywood slang, and enchanted by the idea of a peaceful, democratic Iraq. It was not to be. As sectarian violence escalated, Iraqis employed by the US coalition found themselves subject to a campaign of kidnapping, torture, and assassination.

On his first brief vacation, Johnson, swept into what doctors later described as a “fugue state,” crawled onto the ledge outside his hotel window and plunged off. He would spend the next year in an abyss of depression, surgery, and PTSD—crushed by having failed in Iraq. One day, Johnson received an email from an Iraqi friend, Yaghdan: People are trying to kill me and I need your help. That email launched Johnson’s now seven-year mission to get help from the US government for Yaghdan and thousands of abandoned Iraqis like him.

To Be a Friend Is Fatal is Kirk W. Johnson’s “truly incredible” (Ira Glass) portrait of the human rubble of war and his efforts to redeem a shameful chapter of American history. “It is difficult to imagine a book more urgent than this” (The Boston Globe).
Scribner; September 2013
320 pages; ISBN 9781476710501
Read online, or download in secure EPUB
Title: To Be a Friend Is Fatal
Author: Kirk W. Johnson
 
  • News
Peter Davis on His Pivotal Vietnam Documentary, Hearts and Minds - Vogue - Vogue.com
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:31:11 -0700
Vogue.comPeter Davis on His Pivotal Vietnam Documentary, Hearts and Minds - VogueVogue.com... feels uncannily timely, and ...
Tied up for years in U.S. red tape, Afghan aides are Taliban targets - Washington Times
Mon, 05 Aug 2013 02:23:25 -0700
Washington TimesTied up for years in U.S. red tape, Afghan aides are Taliban targetsWashington TimesAbout 5,000 to 7,000 ...
ISBNs
1476710503
9781476710495
9781476710501

This edition is not for sale in your country. Here are some titles that might be what you're after...