On July 7, 2005, four bombs were detonated in the heart of London, killing 52 people and injuring more than 700, the worst attack the British capital had experienced since World War II. Although the British government has published an official account of this terrorist attack, the entire episode still remains shrouded in mystery. The government's official narrative largely absolves the country's intelligence services of any wrongdoing. Ahmed (lecturer, international relations, Univ. of Sussex; Behind the War on Terror), who has written three previous books since 9/11 on the "war on terror," offers a devastating critique of the official British government's report. Using an array of sources in the public domain, Ahmed argues that British intelligence had received multiple credible warnings about the terrorists involved. He further asserts that the London bombers had close ties to al Qaeda and other terrorists with whom the British intelligence services had cooperated in such places as Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, and the Balkans. The author concludes that it is high time for an independent commission to investigate the London bombings and the sordid relationship between British intelligence and domestic and foreign extremist networks in order to prevent similar tragedies in the future. Recommended for public and academic libraries.