Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Qty:1
Temporarily out of stock.
Order now and we'll deliver when available.
Order now and we'll deliver when available. We'll e-mail you with an estimated delivery date as soon as we have more information. Your account will only be charged when we ship the item.
Details
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
DC Confidential: The Cont... has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $25.
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: A well-cared-for item that has seen limited use but remains in great condition. The item is complete, unmarked, and undamaged, but may show some limited signs of wear. Item works perfectly. Pages and dust cover are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine is undamaged.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

DC Confidential: The Controversial Memoirs of Britain's Ambassador to the U.S. at the Time of 9/11 and the Iraq War Hardcover – January 1, 2006

4.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

See all 5 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$29.95
$3.33 $0.01

Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon by Larry Tye
Bobby Kennedy
The popular new release from Larry Tye. Learn more | See related books
$29.95 FREE Shipping. Temporarily out of stock. Order now and we'll deliver when available. We'll e-mail you with an estimated delivery date as soon as we have more information. Your account will only be charged when we ship the item. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover


Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

When an author uses "confidential" and "controversial" in his title, it's implied that he's spilling the beans; add D.C. to the recipe, and one can't be blamed for expecting some spicy beans indeed. Unfortunately, the tales told by Meyer covering his stint as Britain's man in Washington from 1997 to 2003 are diplomatic to a fault. In this pivotal period in global politics, the insider gives star-struck treatment to political VIPs with whom he and his wife Catherine hobnobbed, dined, or attended the Bush v. Gore Supreme Court arguments ("Passes for the hearing were as valuable as gold dust."). Analyses of genuinely controversial episodes such as the 2005 leaking of the Downing Street memo (which occurred after Meyer left his post), considered a smoking gun by those who believe the US and Britain built a case for war on deliberately falsified intelligence, are strictly party-line; claiming "not to know what was meant" by the details of the memo, he pronounces Prime Minister Tony Blair and President George W. Bush "innocent" of conspiring to "mislead their publics." To his credit, Meyer admits in the acknowledgements that he didn't aspire "to convey some great message," but that's hardly in line with what's printed on the title page.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Review

'a marvellously entertaining and readable book.' -- Andrew Gilligan THE EVENING STANDARD 'The chapters on 9/11 and on the Iraq War are totally absorbing and often quite moving.' -- Cal McCrystal THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY 'the book is of great value to anyone interested in diplomacy and foreign policy.' -- Bruce Anderson THE INDEPENDENT 'the delicious portraiture, razor-sharp character assessments and the sharing of undiplomatic discretions, are all beautifully, and often comically, presented.' -- James Cusick THE SUNDAY HERALD 'he provides some captivating insights into modern diplomacy and American life.' -- Siobhan Murphy Metro 'He tells a juicy tale.' -- Simon Jenkins SUNDAY TIMES 'this is an important book about what it was like to be Britain's most senior and lustrous ambassador at a time when the prime minister enjoyed a direct line to the White House for which there are few precedents.' -- Martin Kettle THE GUARDIAN 'For all his colourful and funny stories, the enduring value of his picture of the Blain years is the way Meyer shows this Government steadily ripping up the rules.' -- Simon Edge DAILY EXPRESS 'an entertaining and informative read.' -- Sean Donlon THE IRISH TIMES 'a masterpiece of elegance which places the steletto between New Labour's shoulder blades with panache.' -- Clive Aslet COUNTRY LIFE 'informative and enjoyable.' -- Maurice Hayes IRISH INDEPENDENT 'a gem of a book.' DUBLIN EVENING HERALD
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

New York Times best sellers
Browse the New York Times best sellers in popular categories like Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books and more. See more

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing; First Edition edition (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297851144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297851141
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,696,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

5 star
83%
4 star
17%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See all 6 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

By DAVID BRYSON VINE VOICE on January 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Sir Christopher Meyer resigned as British ambassador in Washington just before the start of hostilities in Iraq. He has started a new career as chairman of the Press Complaints Commission, but his frequent appearances on television since he left the diplomatic service have been almost exclusively in connexion with his privileged insights into the origins of the war. The title of the book is a slight misnomer - most of it is indeed about his time as ambassador to the USA, but the first few chapters are partly concerned with his early life and career and partly with a personal issue that burns him up, namely his second wife's grisly experiences with German justice in obtaining access to her children from her first marriage.

In Britain the book has given rise to a good deal of comment for supposedly disparaging or even attacking prominent politicians, and I noticed that he had to appear before a parliamentary committee to respond to such points. These allegations are simply balderdash, and the politicians concerned have no business being so thin skinned in my own opinion. John Prescott's malapropisms are the stuff of legend, and the ones that Meyer records are not only relevant but vintage efforts too. They make Prescott look ridiculous, but nowhere near as ridiculous as his own over-reaction did. In any case Meyer's overall assessment of Prescott is fair and far from unfavourable, and he is not afraid to tell a similar story about himself - after three years of shuffling along presentation-lines he was overcome with a kind of catatonic amnesia, forgot his wife's name and introduced her to the puzzled grandees by various alternatives including `Christopher'.
Read more ›
Comment 11 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
This book has two strong points to recommend it.

First, with the poor quality and lack of depth in modern news reporting you don't know the story until the books come out.

Second, this book is written by a Briton who was closely associated with the Blair and Bush governments while the decision were being made regarding the war in Iraq. This is important because as a non-American Mr. Meyer doesn't have his own political axe to grind. He is neither a Bush hater nor a Bush lover who thinks that Bush can do no wrong.

One critical issue that he addresses is the decision to invade Iraq. Most of the Bush haters seem to believe that the president came to office with the intent of a war in Iraq. Mr. Meyer says no, but the details are too complex to list in a short review like this one.

All in all, this is a most interesting book that presents an outside view of the American presidential seen. It is well written, a fairly easy read, and seems fairly balanced.
Comment 9 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This memoir of Sir Christopher Meyer's diplomatic career is full of great stories about foreign and domestic diplomacy at the highest levels, but the description of the whirlwind romance and marriage of Sir Christopher and Lady Catherine is as good as any romance novel except that it's all true--they really do live happily ever after! Through a university course on diplomacy I've met Sir C. via skype chats with our class and he is absolutely charming--a prince of a man and a real statesman. I wish he could be cloned.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse