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The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War: Katharine Gun and the Secret Plot to Sanction the Iraq Invasion Hardcover – August 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Polipoint Press (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981576915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981576916
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,213,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

No one has had this story to tell before, because no one else--including myself--has ever done what Katharine Gun did: tell secret truths at personal risk, before an imminent war, in time, possibly, to avert it. Hers was the most important--and courageous--leak I've ever seen, more timely and potentially more effective than the Pentagon Papers.
--Daniel Ellsberg, former Defense and State Department official

One of the crucial untold stories of the Iraq war is told with great passion and sensitivity by Marcia and Thomas Mitchell. It is fitting tribute to the courage of Katharine Gun, who blew the whistle on transatlantic dirty tricks at the highest levels of government in London and Washington. A morality tale for the 21st century.
--Martin Bright, New Statesman

Katharine Gun packs more guts per square inch than anyone I know. So far, the U.S. media have kept the wraps on her important story; now you can find it all in this gripping narrative.
--Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity

It is well worth reading this book, which strongly encourages everyone--on both sides of the Atlantic--to think about what they would do facing the same ethical question Katharine faced.
--The Right Honourable Clare Short, MP, House of Commons

A deeply researched account that seamlessly interweaves the intelligence scandals of the Iraq War with the touchingly human story of a young British spy who followed her conscience.
--Hugh Wilford, The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America

A riveting story about the power of conscience fueled by intrepid courage--one that needs telling if only to lay bare the American news media's contempt for the public's right to know.
--The Honorable Edward D. Bayda, former Chief Justice of Saskatchewan

This book offers American readers a very human introduction to Katharine Gun and uses her story to explore what makes whistleblowers risk everything in the service of truth.
--Marcy Wheeler, Anatomy of Deceit: How the Bush Administration Used the Media to Sell the Iraq War and Out a Spy

Every once in a while there comes a Katherine Gun, filled with conscience and conviction, to remind us of a basic rule of life: think for yourself and question authority.
--Dr. Peter O. Whitmer, When the Going Gets Weird: The Twisted Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson

About the Author

Mitchell raised six children while taking care of her husband who had very early Alzheimer's.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tuck on December 29, 2013
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We have recommended this book to a number of friends and are told that they could not put it down. Excellent. She did what her conscious told her to do when she discovered something very wrong. We need more people like her in the world …
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scribe Lynn on December 15, 2010
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... those in Congress and the Executive office, anyway, needed to be stopped! I'm glad that Katharine had the guts to say, "Wait a minute ... that's a bald-faced lie." As those were the very same words I was uttering during the whole lead-up to the invasion, although I didn't have the proof sitting in my hands. If I knew then (or knew that I knew) what I know now about the stupidity of the whole fiasco, I would have done the same thing! Although the book, as Pen Name states, is basically built on the sensationalism of the British press, if you are any kind of writer, you know that there are very fine lines that can be crossed without being put on the block yourself. The authors did a fantastic job of pointing out just how creepy government can be (British or American) when the attack is on them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Flash on November 1, 2012
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When was the last time you couldn't wait to get back to your favorite book? Well, it had been a long time for me. This true story reads like a James Bond novel in some places. A compelling and often unsettling look at how American politics and policies can work or just as easily go awry. It is an exciting story.
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By B. Garcia on March 18, 2015
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It appeared that the authors lost their objectivity when writing about Katherine Gunn.
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More About the Author

Award-winning, critically acclaimed (and sometimes controversial) writer Marcia Mitchell is the author of five non-fiction books and has published with Simon & Schuster, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, and David McKay, as well as two smaller houses. Her articles have appeared in national women's magazines and on the Huffington Post and Truthout. She has been interviewed on national television and radio, and appeared recently before a Capitol Hill panel to testify about the Katharine Gun case, based on her book on that story, "The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War".