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More DC Curious than Confidential,
This review is from: DC Confidential (Hardcover)
An interesting but not explosive book which, having read it a few years after publication, has stood the test of time reasonably well. Meyer has presented it in a tabloid style that makes an easy read. Less appealing is that it jumps around quite a bit and so personalities appear and are then returned to with anecdotes that preceeded their original introduction.
Aside from the Germans, who do not fare well, Meyer is more critical of his British masters than his American contacts, in terms of personality at least. Perhaps this is a reflection of the subtle difference in his relationship with the UK government. In other words he was always HMG's employee whereas to the Americans he was an Ambassador - thus a difference in status and role. I thought he gave an honest account of the lead up the 2003 war which should be given credence for reflecting the political challenges faced on both sides of the Atlantic.
His wife's rise to power was curious. When they first met Meyer's staff advised him to avoid her yet within a few chapters world leaders are championing her very distressing but nevertheless personal cause. Thus this is an intersting insight into the manipulation of contacts for personal gain as one doubts if he'd have acted so industriously for anyone else. Amazingly he expressed dissatisfaction with the then Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook, for failing to pursue her cause as vigorously as he thought it deserved. As the title implies, curious....