• "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"

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

    Evening Standard, Books of the Year