Why Jamail Can’t Read

“Agresto [US senior adviser to the Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education] knew next to nothing about Iraq’s educational system. Even after he was selected, the former professor didn’t read a single book about Iraq. ‘I wanted to come here with as open a mind as I could have,’ he said. ‘I’d much rather learn firsthand than have it filtered to me by an author.'”

–Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Imperial Life in the Emerald City, (New York: Random House, 2006), 166.
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