Web Of Deceit: Britain's Real Foreign Policy: Britain's Real Role in the World Paperback – 15 May 2003
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"Scrupulously, relentlessly...rescues the historical and documentary record from a web of distortion and self-serving illusion" (Noam Chomsky)
"The picture of British policies that Curtis reveals should serve as a call to action for those who hope to understand the world that has been shaped by Western power, and to overcome the injustice and suffering that is, in no small measure, its cruel legacy" (Noam Chomsky)
"A searing indictment of British Foreign policy" (C. R. Sridhar Blogcritics.org Politics)
A timely and controversial critical expose of the reality of British foreign policy.See all Product Description
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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.
In Europe, Britain is usually seen as a harmless, even well-meaning, partner. British popular culture, as manifested by sports or television, and the widespread use of the English language, has meant that Britain appears 'close'. Britain's dubious post-colonial foreign policy is often overlooked.Read more ›
Well organized, including 50 pages of end notes and a chronology of main events, it comes across like a British version of William Blum's 'Rogue State'. As you progress through the chapters on Kenya, Malaya, Rwanda, Iran, Afghanistan, Chechnya, Kosovo, Indonesia, Diego Garcia and more, it becomes ever more apparent that our post-9/11 interventions in the Middle East appear to be little more than business as usual. Even recent shocking allegations of torture are essentially nothing new.
This is quite a lengthy and comprehensive book; heavy on fact and quite wide-ranging in scope. Just a little repetitive in parts, but overall Curtis does a good job of preventing it all from becoming too dry, and for me at least, his writing seems to fall a healthy midway between the over-sentimentality that can sometimes threaten to diminish Pilger, and the dry convolution that can cripple Chomsky. Like those two writers, Curtis is not afraid to resort to the occasional caustic remark whenever words like 'ethical' or 'humanitarian' come into play - and in most instances, his sarcasm is justified.
Ultimately then, this does what it promises: it provides concrete evidence of deceit.Read more ›
Buy this book; read it and pass it on to a friend; it is that important.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A brilliant reminder of the machivellian politik we were subjected under new labour. Not to be missed.Published 8 days ago by Rubenstein
Great read.I have always known that the British and American foreign policies have been recklessly and indiscriminately brutal. Read morePublished 5 months ago by rohee t. ramnath
I'm fully contend with every thing - looking foreward to get time to red it.Published 6 months ago by Inger
Good book, puts things into perspective, although i believe many countries resort to illegal /immoral practices in order to ssfeguard their interests. Read morePublished 9 months ago by panos themistocleous
A very interesting read lifting the veil of secrecy and deceit to expose truth!Published 10 months ago by Mal Robertson
What we in UK fondly imagine is Foreign Policy is not even Foreign Philosophy. Terrific book, well researched and presented, reads like your worst nightmare, except it's real. Read morePublished 11 months ago by RK
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