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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail (May 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846687632
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846687631
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"* 'As much of history is appropriated by the media and we are beckoned into an era of endless war, this superb book could not be more timely. Sensational in the best sense, it examines the darkest corners of the imperial past to reveal the truth behind today's news' John Pilger"

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Mark Curtis is an author, journalist and consultant: his previous books include Web of Deceit and Unpeople. He is a former Research Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) and was until recently Director of the World Development Movement. He has worked in the field of international development for 14 years, including as Head of Global Advocacy and Policy at Christian Aid and Head of Policy at ActionAid.


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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By William Podmore on September 28, 2010
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In this stunning book, historian Mark Curtis details the British state's collusion with Islamic terrorists and their state sponsors.

Britain is allied with the two major sponsors of Islamist terrorism, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. Saudi Arabia funded Al Qa'ida and Pakistan funded the 7/7 bombers. As the interim report of the 9/11 Commission said, "Pakistan, not Iraq, was a patron of terrorism."

Britain was the second largest investor in Pakistan, which received Britain's third largest aid programme in Asia. By 2001, 900 British citizens were visiting Kashmir for military training every year.

London is a base for many jihadist groups including Algeria's Armed Islamic Group, Egyptian Islamic Jihad, and Osama bin Laden's front, the Advice and Reformation Committee. After 9/11, the Terrorism Act made it an offence to send someone abroad for terrorist training, yet Abu Hamza wasn't touched for years.

In 2004, MI5 heard the London bombers `talking about jihadi activity in Pakistan and support for the Taliban', but as they weren't talking about terrorist attacks in Britain, MI5 left them alone. Britain, like Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, tries to get its own terrorists to attack only targets abroad.

In April 2005, three months before the London bombings, the Joint Intelligence Committee said that the war in Iraq `has exacerbated the threat from international terrorism'. The bombings stemmed from the terrorist bases set up by the Pakistani state, backed by the British state. British governments accuse Iran of what Saudi Arabia and Pakistan do - backing and training terrorists.

The war in Afghanistan in the 1980s was Britain's biggest covert operation since 1945.
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The writer first hand information " British Archive " made the book most reliable since it deviated from personal opinion though he inserted his personal opinion but aftereffect.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By No Name on May 6, 2013
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While reading this book, I was cursing Britain all the time. They would not stop at nothing in order to keep their so called British Empire alive, they ruined the world and connived with the devil... they stepped on human lives, principles, countries, divided and thought they conquered, and the result is a continuous Indo-Pakistani conflict, problems in starving African countries, unstable Middle East with continuous bloodshed and wars, terrorists hitting and killing innocent human beings under the name of religion, and the culprit is they still continue to do it... Unfortunately, they taught the US to follow in their footsteps... and the name of the game was and still is: Oil, oil, oil, and the Suez Canal ... and so it goes
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mohammed on January 9, 2013
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A great lesson in history of the middle east and also an eye opener on the politics of the region.
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