Point of Departure: Why One of Britain's Leading Politicians Resigned Over Tony Blair's Decision to Go to War in Iraq

Robin Cook (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$24.95
Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Publish Date
September 24, 2007
Pages
384
Dimensions
6.08 X 9.05 X 0.92 inches | 0.01 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781416578314

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About the Author

Robin Cook first entered Parliament as MP for Edinburgh Central in 1974. He held a number of senior positions in Opposition -- Shadow Foreign Secretary, Shadow Trade and Industry Secretary, Shadow Health and Social Services Secretary -- before becoming Foreign Secretary in 1997. In 2001 he was appointed Leader of the House of Commons, a position from which he resigned in March 2003 in protest against the imminent war in Iraq.

Reviews

"The Herald" Interesting and extraordinarily well written...the stories he has to tell of the build-up to the Iraq war, reform of the House of Lords, and modernisation of the House of Commons are valuable history...It is also refreshingly peppered with Robin's humour...He gives a crucial ringside seat with all the authority of the ex-foreign secretary...a riveting account.
"The Independent"

On Iraq, Cook's diary builds up a devastating critique.


"The Sunday Telegraph"

His arguments on the Iraq war are incisively, indeed corrosively, phrased.


"The Daily Telegraph"

The most damning account yet of the origins of the British decision to attack Iraq...Those seriously interested in issues of peace and war should read this book.


"The Independent on Sunday"

As clear and eloquent as its author...it contains a sharp critique of New Labour and Blairism and above all of the road to war in Iraq...A well-thought-through and comprehensive criticism of New Labour and of Tony Blair.


"The Herald"

Interesting and extraordinarily well written...the stories he has to tell of the build-up to the Iraq war, reform of the House of Lords, and modernisation of the House of Commons are valuable history...It is also refreshingly peppered with Robin's humour...He gives a crucial ringside seat with all the authority of the ex-foreign secretary...a riveting account.


Andrew Rawnsley, "Observer" Illuminating and witty...[Cook] has a forensic eye for the telling detail.
Elinor Goodman, "Sunday Telegraph" Books of the Year The best insight yet into the workings of the Blair Cabinet.
Will Hutton, "Observer" The Political book of the year: a lucid and compelling insider's account of the two years that define the Blair Prime Ministership.
Martin Kettle, "Guardian" The one must-read memoir to have emerged from the years of the labour government.
Douglas Hurd The most damning account of Britain's decision to attack Iraq.