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'Inventing Iraq'

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'Inventing Iraq'

'Inventing Iraq'

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NPR's Scott Simon talks with author Toby Dodge about parallels between the current U.S. occupation of Iraq and the British occupation of 1920-1932. Britain tried during those years to foster democracy in Iraq. But when the British retreated, coups and power struggles eventually gave way to the Ba'ath party's rise to power in 1968. Dodge is the author of the new book Inventing Iraq: The Failure of Nation-Building and a History Denied.