Understanding Iraq

This book is a survey of Iraqi history from ancient times until the present, providing an overview of the historical and political forces that have shaped it.

In his survey of Iraqi history from ancient times until the present, William Polk provides an overview of the historical and political forces that have shaped this country.

Understanding Iraq (Tauris, 2006) begins with a description of the area of Iraq during pre-historic times. Its penultimate chapter is entitled "American Iraq", but the conclusion of the book asks the leading question relating to Iraq's future: which internal and external groups will emerge to lead the country in the years to come?

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