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on 23 March 2007
Don't let the cover deceive you, this is not a book especially concerned with telling a tale about the inner thoughts of the Blair government in the run up to the invasion of Iraq and it's seemingly vain attempts to influence Bush Jr''s decisions. Instead, it is as the category says, memoirs, going all the back to the 1960's when Meyer joined the diplomatic corps. You will find no insightlful analysis of the war or stark protrayal of the way the information was presented to the public but rather a Bill Bryson like read full of ammusing anecdotes of the DC political circuit, my favorite of which is Don Rumsfeld paralysed in a river raft for three days next to a large box of excrement (I'll let you decide on the relation there). I suspect the FCO regarded this book as an 'unacceptable breach of trust' because it describes the kind of toadying flunkies so often seen in governments these days as they really are, as immoral and odius creatures of less than high honour, not becuase there are any great secrets revealed in this book, because there are none. According to the author, most of the secrets he had access to ended up leaked to the press anyway and he complains often that none of his cables on the thoughts of the US adminstration were read by anyone, causing continual stupid questions from those who ought to know better (maybe another 'breach of trust there'). In short, anecdotal and light entertainment, not heavy analysis. If like me, you were after that, chose something else.
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