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An investigative reporter pens an explosive indictment of how the Bush Administration wasted billions in Iraq through sweetheart deals to G.O.P. supporters, outrageous contracts to corrupt companies, and absurdly naive assumptions.


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An investigative reporter pens an explosive indictment of how the Bush Administration wasted billions in Iraq through sweetheart deals to G.O.P. supporters, outrageous contracts to corrupt companies, and absurdly naive assumptions.

30 review for Blood Money: Wasted Billions, Lost Lives, and Corporate Greed in Iraq

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bryan

    Journalism at its best. A type of book I'd recommend to people. It's a lot less popular than it should be. Miller is someone I'd like to meet and congratulate for this work. Multiple aspects of the reconstruction of Iraq are presented in great detail. Miller expounds upon the subjects of public policy, economic development, human rights, corruption, history, and others, as they relate to the war in Iraq. He uses personal testimony and interviews as source for much of his information, and the stor Journalism at its best. A type of book I'd recommend to people. It's a lot less popular than it should be. Miller is someone I'd like to meet and congratulate for this work. Multiple aspects of the reconstruction of Iraq are presented in great detail. Miller expounds upon the subjects of public policy, economic development, human rights, corruption, history, and others, as they relate to the war in Iraq. He uses personal testimony and interviews as source for much of his information, and the story he tells with that information is a truly heart-breaking and haunting story. Miller exposes the poor decisions, incompetent leadership, and poor execution on the part of the US. From failed communication infrastructure to electricity grid disasters to wasted First Lady pet projects to corporate greed to outsourced military personnel to ruined lives and the creation of violent enemies, this book touches on some of the most important consequences of this war. For those who wish to comment on anything dealing the war in Iraq, this book is a must-read. Other investigative journalists I've read may be slightly more captivating in their storytelling methods, but if you're interested in the subject, the book is a thrill to read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    mohamed seven

    ي الله علي العرب ، ي الله علي العالم ، كل العالم بلا استثناء تئامر علي العراق..منهم من شارك بالايجاب ومنهم من شارك بالصمت دخول العراق جاء بعد ضربة 11 سبتمبر حيث استغلتها الاداره الامريكيه والرئيس المجرم بوش كحجة لدخول العراق وليس لما يروجهو البعض ان السبب هو ضرب الكويت وحرب الخليج .. اشعلت النيارن بحجة ان صدام يمتلك اسلحة دمار شامل (بيلوجيه..كيميائيه..نوويه) وما ان دخلو البلد ونهبوها ودمروها أعلن كبيري مفتشي هيئه الطاقه الذريه ان لا يوجد اي من أسلحة الدمار في العراق ..تم قتل نجلي الحاكم وتم اعدا ي الله علي العرب ، ي الله علي العالم ، كل العالم بلا استثناء تئامر علي العراق..منهم من شارك بالايجاب ومنهم من شارك بالصمت دخول العراق جاء بعد ضربة 11 سبتمبر حيث استغلتها الاداره الامريكيه والرئيس المجرم بوش كحجة لدخول العراق وليس لما يروجهو البعض ان السبب هو ضرب الكويت وحرب الخليج .. اشعلت النيارن بحجة ان صدام يمتلك اسلحة دمار شامل (بيلوجيه..كيميائيه..نوويه) وما ان دخلو البلد ونهبوها ودمروها أعلن كبيري مفتشي هيئه الطاقه الذريه ان لا يوجد اي من أسلحة الدمار في العراق ..تم قتل نجلي الحاكم وتم اعدامو فيما بعد من ضمن الاسباب التى أدت الى تدمير العراق وتفتيتها الى مناطق بور..هي الطائفيه وكيف ان جزء كبير من الشعب خان البلد وخان صدام وتأمر مع الامريكان بحجة الفلوس الوهميه تم دخول المقاولين التابعين للشركات الامريكيه وشركات المالتى ناشيونال مثل البيتشلز والبلاك ووتر وهربمتان واستغلال فلوس الربح العائده من آبار النفط لـ ايهام العالم ان الولايات المتحده لديها خطه اصلاح حقيقي داخل البلد..وماذا بعد ؟ وماذا الان ؟

  3. 4 out of 5

    Brady Koetting

    An interesting book that describes the true cost of war both in dollars and lives. While the first ~20% of the book was not exactly my cup of tea, the discussion around the shift to becoming more reliant on private companies to fill in gaps of the military was extremely fascinating. With the goals of nation building and company profits many times at odds with each other, this leads to incredible amounts of corruption, waste, and hostility. A recepie for disaster formed in regards to reconstructi An interesting book that describes the true cost of war both in dollars and lives. While the first ~20% of the book was not exactly my cup of tea, the discussion around the shift to becoming more reliant on private companies to fill in gaps of the military was extremely fascinating. With the goals of nation building and company profits many times at odds with each other, this leads to incredible amounts of corruption, waste, and hostility. A recepie for disaster formed in regards to reconstruction in Iraq. This included reliance on private security/private housing for military, lack of any real planning around the reconstruction that was to take place after Bagdahd was captured, and a skewed sense of priorities where a $50m children's cancer hospital was prioritized over basic health care needs. These ingredients resulted in a rush of American companies ready to meet the needs of the government through "cost plus" contracts where the incentive was to inflate expenses with no regard for accomplishing the mission. Highly recommend to anyone interested in getting a deeper understanding of the impacts of modern wars. Of those impacts, one of the most significant being the disturbing trend of relying on private markets on the battlefield in a world of Crony Capitalism and a profit-first mindset.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Heart-wrenching and reminded me of things I've been trying to forget since 2004-05. Heart-wrenching and reminded me of things I've been trying to forget since 2004-05.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ahmed Nada

    لاجديد يذكر ولاقديم يقال دول يقودها مجرمين فتكت ببلد غالي على قلوبنا وللاسف اصبح العالم كله يعرف بهذه الحقائق ولم يتم اى محاسبة او حتى اعتذار لك الله ياعراق

  6. 5 out of 5

    Robby Delaware

    Picked up Blood Money at the local University bookstore recently. This book is an very critical take on the occupation of Iraq and the absolute boondoggle that reconstruction was. The author does not present a cartoonish "we're evil, America is bad" type of argument. Instead, the main argument that I take away is that we dropped the ball in thinking that the second we invaded a country a group of Tom Jeffersons and George Washingtons would rise up, and quickly usher in a free market paradise. No Picked up Blood Money at the local University bookstore recently. This book is an very critical take on the occupation of Iraq and the absolute boondoggle that reconstruction was. The author does not present a cartoonish "we're evil, America is bad" type of argument. Instead, the main argument that I take away is that we dropped the ball in thinking that the second we invaded a country a group of Tom Jeffersons and George Washingtons would rise up, and quickly usher in a free market paradise. No dice on that one, for sure. The book points out the huge sums of money that the United States poured into Iraq, and lost. Did you know that right after the invasion Laura Bush helped to steer billions of dollars to a high tech cancer ward for children? While of course her heart and motives were in the right place, Iraq at the time didn't have clean water or even the electricity to run a high tech children's hospital. A good parable to our experience in Iraq. This book is highly, highly critical of Rusmfeld and Cheney.

  7. 4 out of 5

    an

    Selubung persengkongkolan… Tak lain tak bukan motif pendukung Irak: Uang Haram Wartawan senior Los Angeles Times, T. Christian Miller, menyuguhkan hasil investigasi mendalam tentang perputaran ‘uang haram’ atas nama pembangunan Irak Baru. - Perusahaan semisal Halliburton mendapat kontrak-kontrak raksasa tanpa tender, lalu mempekerjakan buruh miskin dan sangat membutuhkan demi memperlebar margin keuntungan. - Para pejabat Amerika memberikan sejumlah uang tunai untuk membayar kontraktor—dan memotong s Selubung persengkongkolan… Tak lain tak bukan motif pendukung Irak: Uang Haram Wartawan senior Los Angeles Times, T. Christian Miller, menyuguhkan hasil investigasi mendalam tentang perputaran ‘uang haram’ atas nama pembangunan Irak Baru. - Perusahaan semisal Halliburton mendapat kontrak-kontrak raksasa tanpa tender, lalu mempekerjakan buruh miskin dan sangat membutuhkan demi memperlebar margin keuntungan. - Para pejabat Amerika memberikan sejumlah uang tunai untuk membayar kontraktor—dan memotong sebagian untuk membeli mobil sport mewah dan arloji bermerk terkenal. - Warga Amerika memilih seorang mantan agen mobil bekas untuk membeli senjata bagi militer Irak—hasilnya bias ditebak. - Dan masih banyak lagi…. Serapi dan secantik apapun praktik manipulasi ini berlangsung, Miller akan menyajikan hasil investigasinya kepada anda dalam buku ini. Bagaimana Amerika sedang menggali kuburnya sendiri??

  8. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    To fully understand the nature of America's fiasco in Iraq, one has to understand how the profit motive, inflamed by an anti-regulatory political climate, steered the country's military commitment there. This book is a idiot's tale, full of sound and fury, to borrow from Shakespeare. I find myself almost unable to read anything further about Iraq, and increasingly, about Afghanistan either. The symptom of a declining empire is its tendency to substitute wise diplomacy and statecraft with militar To fully understand the nature of America's fiasco in Iraq, one has to understand how the profit motive, inflamed by an anti-regulatory political climate, steered the country's military commitment there. This book is a idiot's tale, full of sound and fury, to borrow from Shakespeare. I find myself almost unable to read anything further about Iraq, and increasingly, about Afghanistan either. The symptom of a declining empire is its tendency to substitute wise diplomacy and statecraft with militaristic muscularity.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Greynomad

    Personally I would have the whole Bush administration in jail for life. Bush has never and I mean never done anything right in his life. He is the fool's fool. From Bush's rush into Iraq trying to find and justify the quest for weapons of mass destruction to the slew of village idiots that his administration sent there along with the loss of over 4000 US dead. Lets not forget the lost of life on the Iraq's side. Bush can be blamed for the mess that is now afflicting the middle east………….. Personally I would have the whole Bush administration in jail for life. Bush has never and I mean never done anything right in his life. He is the fool's fool. From Bush's rush into Iraq trying to find and justify the quest for weapons of mass destruction to the slew of village idiots that his administration sent there along with the loss of over 4000 US dead. Lets not forget the lost of life on the Iraq's side. Bush can be blamed for the mess that is now afflicting the middle east…………..

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    Still looking for this book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Robert Hill

    What an eye opener about how taxpayers and Iraqi money is and was wasted supposedly rebuilding infrastructure for the good of the Iraqi people. War is about squandering money........

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dan

  13. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

  14. 5 out of 5

    debra stuckenschneider

  15. 5 out of 5

    Joen Wolfrom

  16. 5 out of 5

    Israa

  17. 4 out of 5

    James

  18. 5 out of 5

    Osama Nasser

  19. 4 out of 5

    LPenting

  20. 5 out of 5

    Brigitte

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jd

  22. 5 out of 5

    Bjc624

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ruby Stewart

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Gauden

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mary

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nawrast

    كتاب خطير جدا

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ahmed Kossay

  28. 5 out of 5

    Peter Paul

  29. 4 out of 5

    Joel Foster

  30. 5 out of 5

    Robert

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