Midnight in Some Burning Town: British Special Forces Operations from Belgrade to Baghdad Hardcover – 8 Jul 2004
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'... an absorbing and authoritative read... a thoughtful and provocative book, never more so than when Jennings turns his expert eye on the proliferation of private security outfits in Iraq, expecially Baghdad.' (DAILY MAIL )
'Christian Jennings has pulled off a bit of a coup in writing his revealing account of SAS actions in a number of campaigns from the Balkans to Africa, Afghanistan and Iraq. The spills and thrills of the men in the black balaclavas, desert turbans and shamargs dazzle and amaze like the fables of Scheherezade and the Thousand and One Nights.' (EVENING STANDARD )
About the Author
Was based in Central Africa from 1994-98, writing for the Sunday Telegraph and Reuters. He then reported from Kosovo for four years for the Economist and Daily Telegraph and now covers European and military affairs from London.
Top Customer Reviews
On a different note, Jennings, a deserter from the French Foreign Legion, uses every opportunity to settle score with everything French; this is both tedious and unnecessary in such a book.
The author seems to have a special disliking for the US and the French, and loses no opportunity to let his own opinions shine through, badly masked as objective facts.
After the attempt at semi-factuality in the first three-fourths of the book, the author devotes the last part to a badly written fantasy of how an operation to arrest top war criminals from the war in Bosnia would be carried out. Ludicrous and tiresome would be a kind description of that part.
A waste of good paper.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I Cannot be sure how to rate this book. It does contain some interesting points but also, sadly, some major misinformations. Read morePublished on 5 Dec. 2011 by sarah brown
Firstly, I'll say that this book is nowhere near as bad as some other 'Amazon' reviewers have claimed. Read morePublished on 21 Oct. 2004 by RN
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