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Babylon by Bus Or the true story of two friends who gave up their valuable franchise selling YANKEES SUCK T shirts at Fenway to find meaning and adventure in Ira

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And discovered they weren't the only ones Underualified but ingenious Ray and Jeff found work with the Coalition Provisional Authority providing humanitarian aid to the Irai peopl. This book kin


This all access inside out view of what the American occupation of Ira really looks like on the ground is the story of two young Americans who went to Baghdad without any real plan. This book wou

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E amid an appalling atmosphere of corruption incompetence and horror Gritty and irreverent this is a wild ride inside the Red Zone and a strikingly original portrait of the real Ir. Babylon by bu Summary & Analysis #AUTHOR#Instaread Summaries#END# horror Gritty and irreverent this is a wild ride inside the Red Zone and a strikingly original portrait of the real Ir. Babylon by bu

10 thoughts on “Babylon by Bus Or the true story of two friends who gave up their valuable franchise selling YANKEES SUCK T shirts at Fenway to find meaning and adventure in Ira

  1. says:

    This book would've been great if the two men who wrote it didn't spend the entire book defending their irresponsible actions Admitting that they were completely unualified for the jobs they recieved in Ira LeMoine and Neumann never recognize that their immature and reckless behavior may have contributed to the failure of the US in rebuilding Irai civil society While the book starts interestingly enough the end is a cringe inducing narrative that jumps from fist fights with the locals to debauched parties and then ends with the men indignant that they were fired because of their behavior While Babylon by Bus does do a good job of providing the reader with an inside look at the expatriate community of Baghdad the arrogance and hyper defensiveness of the authors makes the book hard to read

  2. says:

    You know something is wrong with the military when two druggies accomplish goodwill with the Irai people than the rest of the US government They have very positive things to say about the people on the ground in Ira but not much positive about the leadershipThese guys charm lie cajole and manipulate their way into being the most effective NGO in Ira at the time

  3. says:

    This is a story about two guys from the east coast who decided they were bored with the college scene and considering their ages it's probably a good thing bored with the concert scene bored with the stadium sports scene bored with the tourist scene and even bored with the backpacker scene They were super awesome dudes just ask them Seriously These are the guys who spend hours talking about how awesome they are sure they are to anyone who will listen These two losers go to Ira due to the jaded status they imposed upon themselves and spend the entire book comparing Ira to Disneyland No I take that back The 'Ira is Disneyland' theme is eclipsed by their constant rambling about the Red Sox Everyone they meet is below them They are the smartest people ever They can see things no one else can see do things no one else can do and the world would do well to ask them for their opinions if only they had a 7 demon bag They go on and on about their personal superiority for chapters upon chapters They get volunteer jobs without pay they stay in Ira only a couple of months sorry some of us spent a little time in theater they become instant experts in everything and then they go on vacation to Jordan as soon as the violence starts While on vacation they accost a local business man and attempt to use Army issued pass cards to get out of jail They then cry to the embassy the State Department bails them out and the Army has them sign documents promising to never claim to be associated with the United States government ever again These boys had only one fear that their drug money would run out before they got homeIf you're looking for a book about two guys who haven't yet grown into manhood by their late 20searly 30s and make up for this by wandering around promoting how awesome they think they are then this book is for you

  4. says:

    Amazing Absolutely amazing I was hooked in by the rediculous title and then held captive as these guys tell a story about Ira that you are not gonna hear anywhere else They kinda stumbled into Ira and started volunteering for Non Government Organization aid centers and rather haphazardly attempt to help out and do some good in the middle of Baghdad both in the Red and Green Zone What we get is a point of view that is not told on the news and is also not told by any other visitors cause after all who visits a war? Amazing I find myself looking at and listening to the news of Ira today in a different light having learned what I did from reading this book I was hooked and this is a story that is gonna stay with me for a long time Highly recommended Oh and I am pretty sure that these guys have some connection to the Hardcore scene as there are references to touring with their bands around the world and other points like comments about crust punks in Israel that would only come from inside In My Eyes is the only band I could link Jeff too though they are a straight edge band and he is anything but in this tale An interesting possible connection none the less

  5. says:

    This book kinda sucked In 2004 two entrepreneurial guys in their 20s head off to Ira as civilians because they have nothing better to do well actually it was because the Red Sox lost the pennant race and the guys lost all motivation They had interesting experiences while in Ira but the writing is clunky and lacks depth For instance there's an experience when they're in Jordan where one of the authors picks up a newspaper at a newspaper stand to read the headlines and presumably put the paper back down and then gets into an argument because the shop owner demands that the author pay forbuy the paper The author refuses and then a fight ensues Afterwards the authors are like WTF? They tell the rest of the story but they don't supplement it with anything that may have explained why the shopkeeper would have expected the guys to have paid for the paper in the first place A better written book would have seamlessly explained that to the reader

  6. says:

    This book only gets 4 stars because i have never reviewed a book before and while i thought this book was excellent i guess i don't want to set the bar too high on the first attemptThat said this truly was a well written genuine account of the US occupation of Ira told rather plainly and elouently by two young men who put themselves in the thick of it As any tale of war it is of course gritty and often heartbreaking but still manages thoughtful insight and healthy doses of humor throughout The only strike against the story's readability comes from the authors' extensive use of anagrams and abbreviations used by occupation officials and military staff to denote the various locations and organizations in and around the Green Zone in Baghdad which does after some time become a bit confusing What really makes this book extremely important and immediately relevant though is not in the way it is told but in it's authors' sheer lack of allegiance or affiliation to anything To call them freelancers would be inaccurate as the motivation for this journey from the outset was for strictly personal reasons and not for any particularly altruistic or economic reasons These guys were not sent or paid by the media the government or any other third party organization and the result is what amounts to about the most honest and explicit account of what has happened there as anyone is likely to findi would certainly recommend this book to anyone interested in the conflict in Ira regardless of one's opinions concerning the US presence there as the book speaks neither to a liberal or conservative audience This would make a fantastic text for high school or college students studying current events or political science

  7. says:

    The subtitle says a lot What it doesn't say is that despite the fact that the book is somewhat inchoate you just might read it all in one night I did And in the morning when my boyfriend who used to live with one of the authors asked me if I liked it I replied Not really But there's some good stuff hereSome surprisingly astute observations about the mess in Ira a few portraits of truly dedicated smart and large hearted women who are serving in and alongside the armed forces and a cogent analysis of what went wrong with the CPA That said the main problem here is that our narrators who decided to go to Ira as the war was starting because they were bored are not very likeable They take a lot of valium gamble and sell some steroids to soldiers all while conducting humanitarian operations for our government Yes our government truly hires only the best and most ualified Ultimately though they seem to grow over the course of the journey Maybe its the humility that comes from having a close friendcolleague die? Or a sense of purpose from their roles as providers of aid in a war ravaged country? The book loses focus at times but the perspective is uniue and the critiue unflinching

  8. says:

    Babylon by bus is not only a funny sadread it is a surprisingly poignant addition to literature arising from the Second Ira war Stylistically it's a cross between Ray Jeff's Big Adventure and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas with an emphasis on sedatives Ray and Jeff creators of the Yankees Suck T shirts world travels in the off season find their way to Ira where they find gainful unemployment trying to establish NGOs for Irais We follow our anti heros through several months that not only expose the sordid ego driven underbelly of the occupation but also bring us face to face with plenty of decent people in the military or otherwise who were often than not thwarted by the assholes upstairsThough the reporting is now ten years old it's relevant for anyone who is interested in keeping the United States out of expensive imperial adventures Four stars for being a damn good read

  9. says:

    I thought it was going to be a travel book about two guys going through the Middle East ad it morphed into a story of two irresponsible but well intentioned guys spending several months working in Baghdad during the latter stages of Bremmer's Coalition Provisional Authority CPA as it slid into the brewing civil war and uptick in violence against American occupation Is it ok to say what a shit show? So much inexperience coupled with rampant greed and corruption both sides Not everyone seemed to be trying to grab their piece of the pie but the exceptions seemed to make the rule And you know we are only getting a small seedy portion of the story Why people are not horrified by what went on there I don't know And I kept thinking these are the same folks now running Trump's administration no? How they didn't get kidnapped or killed is amazing Some people are just lucky And they did have a front row seat to the disaster Even if you take most of this book with a large dose of salt it adds to an understanding of how badly the Bush administration botched things over there

  10. says:

    It didn't hit me until the last page that this book is actually a memorial for two people that the author's felt deeply indebted to When I first picked this book up I wanted to research some events that had a huge impact in the media during the second year of the war in Ira I enjoyed reading this book which was written from Ray's perspective Their personal lives would never be the same after their short tour in Baghdad and the memories they treasure are an eye opening recount for events outside the wire Citing Ray If we were the good news from Ira then the CPA had a problem A little cocky but all so true Their humanitarian efforts will forever be remembered by a community that forget You will not

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