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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
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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 ›
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.