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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.

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