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Blair's Successful War: British Military Intervention in Sierra Leone (Military Strategy and Operational Art)
Blair's Successful War: British Military Intervention in Sierra Leone (Military Strategy and Operational Art)
by Andrew M. Dorman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 60.00

4 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another partisan opinion piece masquerading as scholarly, 9 April 2012
Andrew Dorman is another partisan product of the partisan Blairite QUANGO that is the War Studies Group of Kings College London. Apparently nobody got anywhere in War Studies without talking up Tony Blair's foreign policy, just as it crashed around him. Dorman starts talking about Blair's speech at Chicago in 1999, without admitting that a key speech writer was Dorman's boss, Lawrence Freedman, who also did very well out of the Blair years (well done Sir Lawrence) or apparently realising how arrogant Blair's intervenionist policy looked after its nadir in 2003 in Iraq or all the erudite criticism it received at the time in 1999 from persons less rash and more scholarly. (Dorman was writing in 2009 - apart from trite regret about incaution in 2003, he is a diehard defender of the policy.) Andrew Dorman is no scholar - he writes a stream of events of partisan interpretation and anecdotes from supposed confidants in government without engaging with the critical literature. In fact, he doesn't seem to understand what critical literature is, or what selection bias is. The book includes a lot of tangential details about European security and technologies he doesn't understand, without much justification. This is the only book he has ever written on his own and yet he was promoted thereafter to chaired professor, with fewer publications than a good postgraduate student (he has the arrogance to list his blogs as publications on his CV). In person he is an arrogant and bizarre teacher, who strikes down his students and discourages debate and asserts that Blair was much misunderstood; the book is no better.
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The Terrorist Hunters
The Terrorist Hunters
by Andy Hayman
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.80

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 2 discredited "experts" on terrorism come together, 13 Feb 2012
This review is from: The Terrorist Hunters (Paperback)
One decade ago, the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) took a journalist named Margaret Gilmore and made her its terrorism expert; yeah seriously. Now she is its Senior Research Fellow. Swoon at her qualifications (taken from the RUSI website): "She is a freelance writer, broadcaster and analyst, and a board member of the Food Standards Agency and of the Meat Hygiene Service. She has had a lengthy career in newspapers, radio and television - most recently as Senior Home Affairs Correspondent for BBC Television News, covering terrorism, civil contingencies, immigration, crime and policing. She reported the 7 July bomb attacks in London and the 9/11 attacks in the USA. Before that, she was Environment and Agriculture Correspondent specialising in food safety."

Impressed? Well look at her publishing record, which...oh I see consists of one book, that's ok, it must be a good one. Wait, she adds the journalistic spin to a discredited copper's attempt to rewrite history. WHAT HAS BRITAIN COME TO?! No wonder British counter-terrorism is all over the place.
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