Tony Blair always claimed that history would judge his decision to invade Iraq. This revelatory and at times jaw-dropping account of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan reveals the truth about our soldiers' battle for survival. Jack Fairweather details the cost of the war, set agaisnt a backdrop of misunderstanding, beaurocracy and an overwhelming clash of cultures. From the embattled British outposts and insurgent hideouts of southern Iraq to the intense debates the war provoked inside 10 Downing Street and the Whitehouse, here is the terrifying truth about Britain's involvement in Iraq.
Jack Fairweather is an expert on the American and British military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, recent defence policy in both countries, and the issues surrounding humanitarian intervention in the Middle East. He is currently a fellow of the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University and was the Daily Telegraph's Baghdad and Gulf correspondent for five years. As an embedded reporter during the Iraq invasion, he and his team won the Best Team Reporting award at the British Press Awards. Most recently he has been the Washington Post's Islamic world correspondent and a senior editor at the Solutions Journal. He received his BA and MA in English Literature from Lincoln College, Oxford.