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Secrets and Lies: The True Story of the Iraq War Paperback – 17 Mar 2005

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Politico's Publishing Ltd (17 Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184275128X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842751282
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 3.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 927,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Middle East commentator Dilip Hiro recounts the misuse of intelligence
that led to war." -- Financial Times

"Coolly dismantles the lies, distortions and obfuscations that allowed an illegal invasion of Iraq…Hiro is painstaking ... Masterly." -- Guardian

"Deeply informed, meticulously documented, and perceptively analyzed... A major contribution." -- Noam Chompsky

"Dilip Hiro recounts the misuse of intelligence that led to war." -- Financial Times

"Offers some superb insights into the political divisions within post-Saddam Iraq." -- Booklist

'Hiro coolly dismantles the...distortions and obfuscations that illegal invasion...An author for whom...there are no unknown unknowns.' -- The Guardian, July 2, 2005


Controversial and fresh account of the politics, personalities and intrigues involved in the lead up to America's dramatic intervention in Iraq The Anglo-American invasion of Iraq is a turning point in history, and is ushering in a new era in world politics in which centrifugal forces in the Middle East are being unleashed and American global hegemony may take a down-turn in this region. Journalist and historian Dilip Hiro's epic Secrets and Lies describes in lucid detail the causes and course of the invasion in a gripping military and historical history that presents the conflict in Iraq in a new light. He illuminates the role of the neoconservatives in the Bush White House and dissects Bush's leadership, showing how his own personal relationship with God has been a driving force behind the war. Laying bare the deliberate misinterpretations, fabrications and bullying exercised by the US and UK administrations, Secrets and Lies also goes on to examine the dynamics of power in post-war Iraq, where intervention appears to be driving the religious Shia majority towards "Axis of Evil" Iran.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M.I.Ahmad on 15 May 2006
Veteran journalist Dilip Hiro presents the most comprehensive account of the nearly three weeks of war in the US/UK invasion of Iraq. Bringing together his own keen insight into the region's politics with a close look at the key players, Hiro recreates the events in the most engaging and readable manner. The book combines hard reporting with sharp analysis and its prescient conclusions have since been borne out by events.
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1 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Christopher G Nuttall on 30 Sept. 2005
It is always a shame to watch a fine mind go to waste. Dilip Hiro, known for his almost-unique history of the Iran-Iraq War (The Longest War) and for his research into Iraq and the Middle East, has finally turned his attention to the Iraq War of 2003. Unfortunately, to paraphrase Bart Simpson, this book is so anti-American - it fairly drips of rancour - that it's not even funny anymore.
Reading the book, one gets the feeling that the Americans lost the war - it comes as a shock to discover that they won! Hiro chronicles what seems like defeat after defeat, followed by vast incompetence and skulduggery, leaving the reader confused and baffled. Every incident that can be used to blacken America's name is used with great effect to do just that.
As an example, Hiro refers to the delay in re-establishing the electrical grid in Baghdad, pointing out rather patronisingly that Saddam's people had it done in a day after the 1991 war. He fails to point out that if there were attacks on Saddam's people - who also knew Baghdad far better than Americans - Saddam would shrug and order a few dozen people shot. Even the Bush of the left's nightmares could not do that.
Hiro also makes a far greater fuss about the WMD issue than it deserves. Although he is correct to note that there have been fewer discoveries than expected, he fails to note that the inspectors found a dissembled gun, rather than a smoking gun. He also fails to point out that Saddam had engaged in constant attempts to hide his WMD from US, UN and other inspectors. As both Elkus and Butler point out, Saddam fought bitterly to hold onto what he had, only destroying WMD after it was discovered by the inspectors.
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