- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd; First Edition edition (8 Oct. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1842752170
- ISBN-13: 978-1842752173
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.6 x 19.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Strange Death of David Kelly Paperback – 8 Oct 2007
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`A stunning work of non-fiction...Baker's meticulous account...courageous and well publicised probing into Kelly's death.'
-- Nigel Jones, The Sunday Telegraph
`A superb summation of all the evidence.'
-- Sunday Times Review
`As an exploration of what happens when politicians bend the evidence to fit their aims, hoping that the end will justify the means, Baker's book is hard to beat'
-- The Sunday Times, 11 November 07
`It may make uncomfortable reading for certain politicians, and members of the intelligence community but it is likely to persuade many that there was far more to the death of David Kelly than has been revealed'
-- Evening Standard, 17 October 07
`The highly-respected MP's personal quest to uncover the truth about Dr Kelly's death was prompted by deep concerns over the circumstances surrounding the apparent suicide'.
-- Daily Mail, 20 October 07
`When Norman Baker told me recently of his conviction that David Kelly had been murdered, I paid attention' -- Richard Ingrams, The Independent, 27 October 07
About the Author
Norman Baker was MP for Lewes in Sussex from 1997 until 2015, and is recognised for his campaigning, forensic and research skills. He has won the Channel 4 Opposition Politician of the Year award and the Spectator Questioner of the Year award, and frequently has articles in the press. He also appeared in the BBC's Conspiracy Theories series discussing David Kelly in early 2007.
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Top Customer Reviews
Its a `who dunnit`,only very real on a grand and horrifying scale.For all the people who were on the anti war march which was so ignored by our democratically elected government ,this is confirmation of the betrayal we all feel. This should be compulsory reading for all U.K citizens....
There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that this whole matter should be properly investigated, and an Inquest held, where witnesses would give evidence on oath and open to cross-examination. As it has been left, the whole scandalous affair is a complete travesty, - and I speak with thirty years experience on the Bench.
It has a slow start which other reviewers have highlighted as "turgid" but it gives a damning indictment of Tony Blair and his government (particularly Alistair Campbell and Geoff Hoon) and surgically dissects the way in which they twisted the available intelligence on Iraq's WMD programmes to say exactly the opposite of the prevailing view of David Kelly and other UN weapons inspectors at the time; which was that although Iraq probably had some remaining WMD stockpiles (and some of their WMD may have been moved to Syria) it was not a current threat to Iraq's neighbours, the UK or its interests. It also clearly demonstrates how the investigation into Dr Kelly's death was badly botched and the known facts couldn't possibly support a verdict of suicide. This part of the book is meticulously researched and argued with many authoritative sources.
The second portion reads almost like a spy thriller as it gets under the skin of the murky world of intelligence agencies, weapons inspectors, dissident Iraqi groups and WMD proliferation. I found some of the revelations startling and even genuinely scary. Anyone questioning the "official" version of events seemed to run into a lot of heavy pressure to back off. Although many sources have to be kept anonymous we have to take the author at his word that he has checked their credentials as credible sources.
The final part of the book does the rest a bit of a disservice and feels rushed.Read more ›
I had no doubt from the moment that David Kelly was found dead that he had been murdered. The suicide story was an utter sham. However almost the entire book from Mr Baker leads him to this conclusion. So who was responsible for the murder then? I hate to say it, as I admire Mr Baker and think he's an excellent MP, but he bottles it and concludes it is an Iraqi circle who did it. After 20 chapters, where the evidence comes from to reach this conclusion is impossible to fathom.
Mr Baker presents so much evidence to implicate the UK government and its devil incarnates MI5 and MI6 but then seems to dismiss their involvement with a few sentences along the lines of "the British wouldn't do that!". A cursory examination of what the UK has done in this world in the past 100 years would suggest utter naievety on Mr Baker's part, which he actually admits to in the Epilogue.
David Kelly was murdered on the order of the UK government.
It comes as no surprise that the conclusion should be that Kelly was murdered. The facts are presented in a straightforward manner so that if you feel like arguing with them, you can. The fact that the author is an MP means that we are not faced here with a glossy conspiratorial account that is designed to sell copies to keep a journalist in rent and food. The book is fast paced and difficult to put down.
At the end, the reader is left with a nasty taste in the mouth as it is apparent that the UK government is not as transparent as we would all so like to believe. You don't have to be a conspiracy theorist to buy into the book's inferences. Only the naive will reject them out of hand.
If you want to reexamine our involvement in Iraq and question the good that it is doing, then you should read this book. Indeed, if you want to be informed by a politician you can actually trust - and some of them do exist - then you should also read this. Finally, if you want to read a whodunnit that is far more fascinating than most fiction, then this is also recommended.
Ultimately, it mattes little how much you agree with its premise concerning Dr Kelly's death as to how good the book is. This is not the issue. But the book is indeed extremely well-researched, cogently argued, well presented and fascinating reading.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very convincing story. You wonder whether both the author and the family were eventually leant on by MI5 to make no further comments on the case.Published 1 month ago by Graham O.
The only certainties about the death of David Kelly are that it wasn't suicide and it wasn't natural causes. That only leaves murder. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jimifan1970
Norma Baker tries hard to convince the reader that David Kelly was the victim of foul play. Truth be told he does not come up with a shred of evidence to support this view. Read morePublished 2 months ago by clivep51a
The Strange Death of David Kelly by Norman Baker is a very good publications and answers a lot of unanswered questionsPublished 4 months ago by Norman Booth
good read but leaves more questions un answered than answeredPublished 6 months ago by Mr John Kerr
A well-researched and frightening expose of a scandal that is still impacting our livesPublished 7 months ago by observer
Fantastic research and the Interest is maintained throughout. Another of those Mysteries in which we will never find out the truth. Read morePublished 7 months ago by T.C.