An Inconvenient Death: How the Establishment Covered Up the David Kelly Affair (Hardback)Miles Goslett (author)
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The death of Dr David Kelly in 2003 is one of the strangest events in recent British history. This scrupulous scientist, an expert on weapons of mass destruction, was caught up in the rush to war in Iraq.
He felt under pressure from those around Tony Blair to provide evidence that Saddam Hussein was producing weapons of mass destruction. Kelly seemed to have tipped into sudden depression when he was outed as a source for Andrew Gilligan.
But the circumstances of his death are replete with disquieting questions - every detail, from his motives to the method of his death, his body's discovery and the way in which the state investigated his demise, seems on close examination not to make sense. There was never a full coroner's inquest into his death, which would have allowed medical and other evidence to be carefully interrogated.
In this painstaking and meticulous book, Miles Goslett shows why we should be deeply sceptical of the official narrative and reminds us of the desperate measures those in power resorted to in that feverish summer of 2003.
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Number of pages: 368
Dimensions: 210 x 130 mm
'Masterful ... This book made me proud of my trade as a journalist' Daily Mail.
'A notable contribution to contemporary political history' Open Democracy.
'This searing excavation of the mysterious death of Dr David Kelly is investigative journalism at its best. It is brave, relentless, dazzlingly revealing' Peter Oborne.
'Everyone, from Tony Blair downwards, was insistent that Dr Kelly had committed suicide yet the evidence, which Goslett examines in scrupulous detail in this gripping narrative, suggests otherwise' Richard Ingrams.
'Goslett confines himself to the demand for an inquest, and his fine book eloquently spells out why all of us, including Dr Kelly's family, friends and colleagues, deserve one' The Lobster.
'Goslett's well-researched book about the death in 2003 of the weapons expert Dr David Kelly raises troubling questions about abuse of process' Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year.
'This book takes us back to those weeks when New Labour 'spin' seemed to generate its darkest, most frantic moments ... Goslett argues convincingly that potentially important witnesses were not called and inconsistencies in evidence were left unexplored' Mail on Sunday.
'Award-winning investigative journalist Miles Goslett draws together the facts in an intriguing and profoundly disturbing narrative that poses many questions that are yet to be answered' Daily Mail.
'Drawing heavily on medical expertise, Goslett carefully unpicks the gaps in Hutton's probe. He finds enough contradictions in the inquiry [...] to leave the reader deeply uneasy about how the scientist ended up dead in the woods' Morning Star.
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“An engrossing and powerful account.”
I read this book having heard Miles Goslett speak at an event at our branch: he spoke with clarity and conviction, answered questions openly and confidently, and came across as incredibly knowledgeable on his subject.... More
“A Must Read !”
The death of Dr David Kelly was well publicised in the media in 2003. Tony blair was Prime Minister and was urgently providing evidence that Saddam Hussein was producing weapons of mass destruction that carried a... More
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