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5.0 out of 5 stars An Essential Read, 25 Aug 2003
This review is from: Web Of Deceit: Britain's Real Foreign Policy: Britain's Real Role in the World (Paperback)
I initially found the book a slow read but, once I was used to the style, I couldn't put it down.
Curtis has trawled through declassified government documents to reclaim our true history. By examining UK foreign policy from 1945 to the present day, he shows that although governments may change, in terms of our foreign policy it's "business as usual". Importantly, he shows how the media justifies and supports the government's policies and it's here that a Chomsky-style analysis comes in to play.
For me, this was an important book because there are very few books available that expose the dirty history of the UK but many on the USA; it's too easy to criticise the USA without being aware of our own complicity.
As a society, we have been brought up believing in the benevolence of our country and hearing about all the good things we have done. This book is an important counter-balance and, I believe, is essential reading, not just for us Brits to see what is really going on in our name but also for those in the "developing world" who are on the receiving end of policies.
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I was born and grew up in the UK. at the age of 27 I went to South Africa for a job, and stayed there for 27 years. It was there that I learned of the British cruelty in the Boer war. The British general, Kitchener, in order to prevent the rural population from supporting the Boers, who where the local farmers, put all the women and children in concentration camps, and burned the farms. 20,000 women and children died in those camps. As a student in England I would have been horrified to learn of this terrible crime committed by the Brits. I found that, because of the atrocities they committed, the Brits were still hated although I married an Afrikaans girl.
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