The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict.

By Joseph E. Stiglitz and Linda J. Bilmes.

Norton; 311 pages; $22.95. Allen Lane; £20

With the patience of auditors and the passion of polemicists, two academics, one a Nobel prize-winning economist and the other a public-finance expert at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, take an unflinching look at the hidden cost of invading Iraq.


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