Sunday, June 28, 2009

Strand Books on Iraq in Transition

Strand Bookstore is a major bookseller located in New York City. Operating there since 1927, they boast "18 miles of books" at their Broadway and 12th location, with kiosks also in Central Park. Hailed by George Will, this operation has been independently owned by the Bass family since its founding. They offer this review of Iraq in Transition:

"In this remarkably comprehensive chronicle of the recent history of Iraq Marine officer and scholar Peter J. Munson offers readers a glimpse at the country from an insider's point of view."Iraq in Transition" takes a fully objective stance as it considers not only what has been written and reported on by residents of the West, but also pays a close consideration to the Arabic literature produced throughout the fallen dictatorship and earliest attempts at democracy. Brimming with historical information, which gives the reader a clear context in which to consider the current situations at play, this book offers insight and hope for this mending nation."

The review and more information about the store can be found by clicking here. They are offering the book for order at a very attractive price as well!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Iraq in Transition is Shipping

Books are shipping from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Amazon has the book listed as "in stock." Barnes and Noble has not changed the status to "in stock" but the book has shipped to pre-order customers as of today. Order yours!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Books in Hand

Nearly four years after I first got it into my head to write a book on Iraq I finally got my hands on the finished product. The publisher's shipment arrived at our door today while everyone was away today and I am almost in disbelief that these are actually my books!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

First Copy Arrives

The first copy of the book that I know of being delivered arrived yesterday morning to my in-laws in Ohio. They ordered directly from the publisher. Other copies should be arriving soon!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Retailer Shipping Update

Amazon's web page for Iraq in Transition has been updated and lists the book's status as in stock on June 17 and it is advising customers that the book should be arriving within a few days after that. Other retailers have not changed their June 30 availability dates, but most retailers should be getting the book on a timeline similar to Amazon. I'm really looking forward the book getting out there in people's hands.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Production Complete - Ready to Ship!

Production on Iraq in Transition is complete and it is in the publisher's warehouse. Pre-ordered copies will begin shipping out this week. For those who pre-ordered through a retailer, the book may take a bit longer to arrive to you as it has to make its way down the chain from wholesaler to retailer to ship.

If you have not ordered a copy yet, you can do so directly from Potomac Books. When checking out, use the source code "IRAQ09" to receive a 25% discount. Just click here to order now.

The book details those social, cultural, and political factors in Iraq prior to 2003 that affected the trajectory of transition after the U.S.-led invasion removed Saddam Hussein and his regime. The book explains the phenomena behind the Sunni insurgency, the rise of Shi'a political power, the constitution and political process, and the sectarian violence that almost tore the country apart. Recent developments in Iraq are addressed up to the results of the critical provincial elections in the first months of 2009. The book is extensively researched and footnoted, making it a perfect single-volume read for a general reader or an indispensable research aid for specialists. Footnoted materials include English, Arabic, and French language sources.

For those who want to understand the feasibility of the democratic goals set forth for Iraq, the tortuous issues still unsolved, and the details behind the costs and casualties of the Iraq war, this is the book. Rather than rehashing American policy debates or falling into the rut of partisan finger pointing, this book explains the issues, the characters, and the facets of Iraq itself. Topics include the Sunni insurgency, al-Qaeda in Iraq and Abu Musab al-Zarqaqi, Shi'a cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's role in politics and violence, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani's effect on the constitution and the elections, sectarian and intrasectarian violence including the battles between the Mahdi Army and the Badr Organization of Abdul Aziz al-Hakim's Islamic Supreme Council in Iraq, the 2005 and 2006 national elections, the 2009 provincial elections, the debate over federalism, the disputes over Basra and Kirkuk, the role of oil, the Nouri al-Maliki government and its attempts to impose security, the Surge under General David Petraeus, and the Awakening (Sahwa) of the Sons of Iraq. If you know of someone who is looking for a good book on Iraq, tell them about Iraq in Transition.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Looking for a Good Book on Iraq?

Of course, there are tons of books out there on the war, but my aim was to distill the available information on Iraq into one account that explained how Iraq's recent history prior to 2003 has affected what went on after the invasion. You can read dozens of books, from academic histories of the country to journalistic and other first-hand accounts of what has gone on from 2003 to present, but they leave you with an incomplete picture. When I started studying the Middle East, I wanted one, timely and topical book to explain how past and present interact in Iraq and could not find it. So, I set out to create that book for all those who are looking for more than a policy critique or a memoir. Iraq in Transition aims to explain Iraqi society, culture, and politics before and after 2003 to all readers. In this, it is far different from all the other books out there, which tend to focus more on U.S. policy and military actions than the critical Iraqi landscape and the many unsolved issues that will shape the country's future as U.S. troops continue to draw down there. You can order this book today and be reading it before the end of the month! Just follow the links to the left to order from the bookseller of your choice.

Production Complete

Production of Iraq in Transition finished up this week and the books should be on their way to the warehouse. Next week, they should ship out to pre-order customers. I am not sure how it works for those who ordered through Barnes and Noble or Amazon. It may take some additional time for it to go to the wholesaler, who will then ship the books to the retailers, who will then ship the books to you. As soon as I get some info on the timeline, I will post it here.