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  • Sound, vivid and enhanced by his modesty - there is no "as the bullets flew around my head" here. He simply describes in cool prose how Britain's share in the western allies' initial 2003 success in deposing Saddam Hussein and occupying Iraq tuned into a nightmare struggle against insurgency

    Max Hastings, Sunday Times
  • It makes for one of the best histories of the aftermath of war, and a staggering story of the betrayal of everything it was fought for

    Good Book Guide
  • A rollercoaster narrative of heroism, mismanagement and disaster... as gripping as any novel

    Robert Irwin
  • It does what the Chilcot Inquiry should do, but probably won't

    Robert Fox, Evening Standard, Books of the Year
  • A compelling history of the seamy realities of war in both Iraq and Afghanistan, it combines the vivideness of front-line reporting with detached and incisive analysis. A War of Choice should become the definitive account of this era

    Alistair Horne

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