Allies

Allies

by William Shawcross
     
 

Shawcross, a former foreign correspondent, analyzes the US's decision to invade Iraq in March 2003, exploring why Britain and other countries followed, why Franco-German protest had to be faced down, and why, ultimately, the invasion was the right thing to do. 5.5x8". Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR See more details below

Overview

Shawcross, a former foreign correspondent, analyzes the US's decision to invade Iraq in March 2003, exploring why Britain and other countries followed, why Franco-German protest had to be faced down, and why, ultimately, the invasion was the right thing to do. 5.5x8". Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post
This morally driven Blair, bringing his intensely developed sense of right and wrong to international affairs, is one of the twin heroes of Shawcross's compellingly written polemic in defense of the Iraq war. The other ally of the book's title is, of course, U.S. President George W. Bush. Then as now, the Republican Bush has seemed an improbable ally and soulmate of Britain's Labor prime minister. As Shawcross tells it, these two very different leaders were brought together by crisis and by a fervent Christian faith that is unusual among political leaders on Blair's side of the Atlantic. — Martin Kettle
The New York Times
William Shawcross, who made his journalistic reputation as the scourge of Henry Kissinger (in Sideshow), and later anatomized the failures of international aid and of humanitarian intervention (in The Quality of Mercy and Deliver Us From Evil) -- that William Shawcross -- has written a polemic ardently endorsing the war in Iraq. And that's not all. Shawcross also argues for the Bush administration's aggressive use of the doctrine of pre-emption, Donald Rumsfeld's distinction between old and new Europe, the neoconservative case for regime change, the perfidy of the French, the indispensability of the Americans and much else to gladden hearts in Washington. What's going on here? — James Traub
Sunday Times
Well-informed, lucid account...explains why Bush and Blair were prepared to take such enormous risks...
Michael Burleigh
Herald
Allies is a work of courage and clarity, a plainly, sometimes plaintively, argued piece of common sense...
John Lloyd
London Times
Shawcross gives a useful account of the development of neo-conservative thought...
Ian Macintyre
Independent
An articulate, informed presentation...has its real value in its lucid and hugely readable understanding of the Bush/Blair outlook.
Paul Rogers
Publishers Weekly
Once a prime critic of U.S. foreign policy in his much-acclaimed Sideshow (1979), Shawcross has now become convinced that the U.S. is the only country capable of changing the world for the better. Arguably, the one common thread between Sideshow and Allies is the laudable conviction that wholesale violation of human rights crimes against humanity cannot be tolerated in a just world order. Just as he excoriated Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger for the saturation bombing of Cambodia, Shawcross now lauds George W. Bush and Tony Blair for the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. But unlike the earlier book, this one is short on investigative journalism and long on opinion. Bush, Blair and Assistant Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz are cast as unalloyed heroes in a morality play, with the French and the Germans portrayed as ever-"cynical" villains. The absence of nuance will no doubt appeal to Bush and Blair partisans, but will put off some others. Shawcross offers little that has not already appeared in the newspapers, and glosses over the failure to discover weapons of mass destruction, the contracts awarded to companies close to the U.S. administration, and the growing restiveness of Iraqis in "liberated" Iraq. President Bush can do no wrong; French President Chirac (the "crook") can do no right. This is a polemic, not a work of careful research and persuasion. It contributes more heat than light to the debate over Iraq, and will change few minds. (Feb.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Shawcross (Sideshow; Deliver Us From Evil), a London-based foreign correspondent, is well known for his critiques of American and European foreign policies. His readers will not be surprised that he is critical of European nations-particularly France and Germany-for their policies toward Saddam Hussein's Iraq. He believes that preemptive action in Iraq was justified because of the horrors committed by the regime. Shawcross sees the decision of both the United States and Britain to go to war as growing from the religious beliefs of the two countries' leaders and the influence of neoconservative thinkers in their administrations. The author is critical of the remaining European leaders for their failure to take action in recent crises closer to home (especially in the Balkans), for their use of anti-American rhetoric to play to a domestic audience, and for their policy of continuing to do business with Iraq despite available information about its internal policies. Shawcross has mustered his facts forcefully, though specialists wanting more detail and background should consult Kenneth Pollack's The Threatening Storm. Shawcross's book will add balance to Middle East collections.-Marcia L. Sprules, Council on Foreign Relations Lib., NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586482169
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Publication date:
01/06/2004
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.42(w) x 7.82(h) x 0.86(d)

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >