Nadia Al Sultani, born in Baghdad, has lived and worked in some of the world’s most volatile places —Iraq, Afghanistan and near the Syrian border in Gaziantep, Turkey. Nadia immigrated to the US at age 10 and grew up in upstate New York. With an MA in International Economics, Nadia began her career in global banking on Wall Street. After more than a decade working in NYC, she moved into a series of high level public sector positions, including her work with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of Defense. She spent several years commuting between NYC and the International Zone (most often famously called ‘the Green Zone’) in Baghdad to help reform the Iraqi economy. This memoir recounts her highly charged professional and personal return journeys to her native land.