DC Confidential : The Controversial Memoirs of Britain's Ambassador at the Time of 9/11 and the Run-up to the Iraq War, Paperback Book

DC Confidential : The Controversial Memoirs of Britain's Ambassador at the Time of 9/11 and the Run-up to the Iraq War Paperback

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Riveting and candid memoir of life behind the scenes as US Ambassador and Prime Minister's Press Secretary - a Sunday Times bestseller Christopher Meyer was Ambassador to the United States from 1997 to 2003, during which time he was an eyewitness to and participant in the events following 9/11 and the preparations for the Iraq war. Never before has there been such a riveting and candid memoir of life behind the diplomatic scenes.

Meyer's is an honest account of what he saw, what he heard and how he felt. The cast list of characters who feature here includes Margaret Thatcher, Bob Hope, the Clintons, Steven Spielberg, Condoleeza Rice, Alastair Campbell and Jack Straw.

The book reveals close encounters with Tony Blair, Robin Cook and Peter Mandelson; KGB honey traps in Russia; a major row with Bill Clinton; inside stories on Number 10 and the Foreign Office; and of course life behind the scenes with Blair and George W.

Bush. It was clear that the Prime Minister's office and not the Foreign Office would control relations with Washington, and Meyer shows in close up how he helped facilitate the 'special relationship'.

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Well written and never boring, but also not quite as juicy as I had hoped. I read this as I was interested in an insiders view of the run up to the Iraq war - you do get that, but it is just a small part of the book. However the insight you get into the daily workings of the international political machine, with a smattering of nice little anecdotes makes this a worthwhile and captivating read.

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