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The Strange Death of David Kelly [Paperback]

Norman Baker
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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd (8 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842752170
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842752173
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`A stunning work of non-fiction...Baker's meticulous account...courageous and well publicised probing into Kelly's death.'
-- Nigel Jones, The Sunday Telegraph

`A superb summation of all the evidence.'
-- Sunday Times Review

`As an exploration of what happens when politicians bend the evidence to fit their aims, hoping that the end will justify the means, Baker's book is hard to beat'
-- The Sunday Times, 11 November 07

`It may make uncomfortable reading for certain politicians, and members of the intelligence community but it is likely to persuade many that there was far more to the death of David Kelly than has been revealed'
-- Evening Standard, 17 October 07

`The highly-respected MP's personal quest to uncover the truth about Dr Kelly's death was prompted by deep concerns over the circumstances surrounding the apparent suicide'.
-- Daily Mail, 20 October 07

`When Norman Baker told me recently of his conviction that David Kelly had been murdered, I paid attention' -- Richard Ingrams, The Independent, 27 October 07


The high-profile death of David Kelly is still regarded by many as suspicious, and the events surrounding it as 'unfinished business'. Norman Baker has carried out extensive research, and argues that the verdict of suicide is not credible. The traditional inquest was replaced by the Hutton Report, which proved unsatisfactory in so many ways.The book looks in detail at the motives for the unlawful death of Dr Kelly and the various possibilities of who could be involved - before sensationally coming to the most likely scenario, to be revealed for the first time on publication.The book also analyses and criticises the official process instigated after his death, putting the entire episode into its British political context, and looking at the actions of government, particularly in relation to the Iraq war.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
I got this from my local library. It is one of the better political exposes I have read. Intriguing, shocking, even frightening in places.

It has a slow start which other reviewers have highlighted as "turgid" but it gives a damning indictment of Tony Blair and his government (particularly Alistair Campbell and Geoff Hoon) and surgically dissects the way in which they twisted the available intelligence on Iraq's WMD programmes to say exactly the opposite of the prevailing view of David Kelly and other UN weapons inspectors at the time; which was that although Iraq probably had some remaining WMD stockpiles (and some of their WMD may have been moved to Syria) it was not a current threat to Iraq's neighbours, the UK or its interests. It also clearly demonstrates how the investigation into Dr Kelly's death was badly botched and the known facts couldn't possibly support a verdict of suicide. This part of the book is meticulously researched and argued with many authoritative sources.

The second portion reads almost like a spy thriller as it gets under the skin of the murky world of intelligence agencies, weapons inspectors, dissident Iraqi groups and WMD proliferation. I found some of the revelations startling and even genuinely scary. Anyone questioning the "official" version of events seemed to run into a lot of heavy pressure to back off. Although many sources have to be kept anonymous we have to take the author at his word that he has checked their credentials as credible sources.

The final part of the book does the rest a bit of a disservice and feels rushed.
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80 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsory reading for all U.K/U.S citizens. 11 Dec 2007
This is a fantastically brave and well researched book. Norman Baker lays out the evidence in a captivating and honest manner,leaving the reader flabbergasted by the inner workings of our government and how they manipulated the country into going into an ilegal war in Irag and poor David Kelly lost his life somewhere in the mix.
Its a `who dunnit`,only very real on a grand and horrifying scale.For all the people who were on the anti war march which was so ignored by our democratically elected government ,this is confirmation of the betrayal we all feel. This should be compulsory reading for all U.K citizens....
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112 of 119 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A prime facie case. 23 Jan 2008
This book by Norman Baker is absolutely first-class. From the outset I had the gravest suspicions about the whole matter, and perhaps naively, I believed that the Hutton Enquiry would reveal all. Never was I more mistaken. For an eminent Judge to have produced such a conclusion as contained in his Report- absolutely beggars belief. If I had not heard it - I would never have believed it possible for such an incredibly narrow-minded view, with so many questions left unanswered - nor even examined.
There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that this whole matter should be properly investigated, and an Inquest held, where witnesses would give evidence on oath and open to cross-examination. As it has been left, the whole scandalous affair is a complete travesty, - and I speak with thirty years experience on the Bench.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book which peters out badly... 15 April 2008
Let me say at the beginning that I admire Norman Baker greatly for taking on this research and writing the book. It is a good read but...

I had no doubt from the moment that David Kelly was found dead that he had been murdered. The suicide story was an utter sham. However almost the entire book from Mr Baker leads him to this conclusion. So who was responsible for the murder then? I hate to say it, as I admire Mr Baker and think he's an excellent MP, but he bottles it and concludes it is an Iraqi circle who did it. After 20 chapters, where the evidence comes from to reach this conclusion is impossible to fathom.

Mr Baker presents so much evidence to implicate the UK government and its devil incarnates MI5 and MI6 but then seems to dismiss their involvement with a few sentences along the lines of "the British wouldn't do that!". A cursory examination of what the UK has done in this world in the past 100 years would suggest utter naievety on Mr Baker's part, which he actually admits to in the Epilogue.

David Kelly was murdered on the order of the UK government.
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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read 23 Nov 2007
I am very surprised at ZOKKO's review. I've just finished this book and it's one of the best I've read in recent years. While Norman Baker has his personal opinion about the Kelly affair he presents all the facts in a way that allows readers to make up their own minds. I cannnot recommend this title strongly enough and am now eagerly looking forward to Mr Baker's next foray into the world of factual literature.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
When the death of David Kelly was announced in Canada (this was a worldwide story), it was reported that he had been found murdered in the woods near his home. Interesting huh? (Here, obviously, it was 'suicide')

Norman Baker has added to the growing list of excellent work that picks away at the weak and shabby foundations to the appaling misadventure that is the Iraq war.

So who did kill David Kelly? Norman Baker doesn't know, but he does make it abundantly clear that the Hutton Inquiry certainly wasn't going to find out, either through incompetence or deliberate evasion of the truth.

Well done, Mr Baker, for having the guts to enter this very murky world and for putting the sorry affair down in black and white where we can all see it. It's this kind of clinical investigation into what we're not supposed to investigate, rather than war, that helps to keep us free.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book by Norman Baker
Brilliant book by Norman Baker. I always thought that this was a convenient passing but never imagined there was such a cover up. Plenty of detail. Read more
Published 1 day ago by yorkie1950
3.0 out of 5 stars Stormin' Norman (not)
“And still to the very end, Blair and Bush paraded before the cameras for their photo opportunities, relaxed and smiling” [p.151]. Read more
Published 1 month ago by prime.design
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange or not so strange
Excellent book, well and sensitively written. Read with an open mind it is very convincing. A credit to Norman Baker
Published 1 month ago by bling
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
The strange death of Dr Kelly was a very interesting insight into an extraordinary death of a brilliant man. I found it a great read, it answered some but not all questions
Published 2 months ago by Deirdre
I really thought that at last we would have more insight into the death of Dr. Kelly, but, alas, I was VERY disappointed. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. Judith Lugg
5.0 out of 5 stars British Government deception
This is a book I've been meaning to read for a long time, finally got round to it and found it a horrifying but brilliant book on the deceptions which our Government can use to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sonya Ann Porter
4.0 out of 5 stars A mystery
I bought this book after listening to the author's talk about it. I bought it as a gift for my son as we had been discussing the case.
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. J. Goldfinch
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Norman Baker MP
The death of David Kelly is a disgraceful episode in the New Labour administration under Tony Blair. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Margaret Orritt
5.0 out of 5 stars Asking All The Right Questions.
Norman Baker has asked all the right questions in this excellent book. There can be little doubt that the British government was at least partially responsible for David Kelly's... Read more
Published 7 months ago by BabyBoomer1
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