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MIKE DAVIS talks about his new book Budas Wagon: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CAR BOMB. Reviewer John Leonard praised the book in Harpers for its savage sarcasm. . . As usual with Davis, this brilliant little book tells us things wed rather not hear. One the one hand, the use of the car bomb, with its collateral damage to civilians, invariably corrupts the cause for which it has been enlisted; nothing excuses the death of children. On the other hand, add suicide to fertilizer and its a tactic we cant beat, an equalizer for the deracinated and deranged alike.
Plus: Inside the bubble in Baghdad: American officials in Baghdad inhabit an isolated world: the Green Zone, a walled fortress filled with villas, swimming pools, and shiny new SUVs. Its ground zero for cultural blindness, neo-con fanaticism, and imperial fantasy the place where the American effort to remake Iraq was always doomed to failure. Rajiv Chandrasekaran of the Washington Post tells that story in his book Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraqs Green Zone he was awarded the Ridenhour Book Prize by The Nation Institute today.