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Ministry of Defeat 2003-2009: The British in Iraq (Hardback)
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Ministry of Defeat 2003-2009: The British in Iraq (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 22/03/2009
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This book presents a damning analysis of Britain's military involvement in the Iraq conflict. "Ministry of Defeat" is a devastating account of military and strategic incompetence. When Tony Blair insisted that British Armed Forces form part of the invasion of Iraq, little attention was paid as to how this might work out in practice or what the consequences might be. Here we have for the first time a detailed account of just what an abject failure Britain's military intervention in Iraq has been. The British occupation of south eastern Iraq has lasted six years, a period longer than the Second World War. Despite the astonishing bravery of countless individual soldiers the only real success of the British Government has been to hide from view, thanks to catastrophic misjudgements, this has become one of the most humiliating chapters in British Military History. The British Army leaves Iraq in July 2009, ahead of schedule, and the full story of the campaign needs to be told. Richard North presents in considerable detail one of the most painful and lasting legacies of the Blair era.

Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
ISBN: 9781441169976
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 635 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Author presentation of the book in Yorkshire Post (North/York), (East/Hull), (West/Leeds), (South/Sheffield)3 July 2009
Mention on Russia Today, July 2009 http: //www.russiatoday.com/Top_News/2009-07-31/british-soldiers-iraq.html
'Book of the year ... An admirable investigation of Britain's most rotten ministry, it helps explain the questionable performance of British troops and especially their equipment in Iraq, with tales of incompetence worthy of the trenches.' - Simon Jenkins, Times Literary Supplement
"[Ministry of Defeat] is not a descriptive, eyewitness chronicle of events, but an analysis of policy, military tactics and strategy, and their effect on combat troops ... The publication of this book anticipates the withdrawal being presented by politicians and the MoD as the natural consequence of a job well done." - Telegraph & Argus (Bradford). 30 May 2009.
Title mention in Tribune, August 2009
'Devastating' - Simon Jenkins, The Guardian
Mention, telegragph.co.uk. 30 May 2009.
'Timely and thought-provoking' - Philip Jacobson, Daily Mail
'This forceful and searching analysis of the British military's failings in Iraq provides greater plausibility than anything else put forward to date ... If the important inquest into Britain's questionable performance in Iraq is going to have any impact then those in positions of power should take heed of North's urging that to recognise failure "is not to apportion blame, but to prevent it from being repeated."' - Thomas Harding, Daily Telegraph
"a devastating account of our occupation of southern Iraq. North shows that the MoD's one real triumph was the extent to which it managed to conceal how our six-year occupation, thanks largely to Tony Blair, became one of the most humiliating chapters in the history of the British Army." - Sunday Telegraph--Sanford Lakoff

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