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Welcome to a place where even beer runs are a matter of life and death. As the Iraq War draws to an official close, Joshuah Bearman tells the funny and poignant story of the real-life Baghdad Country Club, a bar in the Green Zone during the conflict's bloodiest years. Against all odds, its proprietors struggle to keep their raucous watering hole safe and well-stocked as the insurgency rages outside. 

December 2011


"Baghdad Country Club is a fascinating piece of journalism that reads like fiction—exciting fiction, that is—that would also make a terrific film, not so much about war itself, but about the insanity that accompanies it. Those who every now and then beat the drums of war would be wise to read it." —Hooman Majd, author of The Ayatollah Begs to Differ and The Ayatollahs’ Democracy