Nous sommes à Varsovie, le 19 septembre 1940 ; les nazis tiennent la ville. Ils ont envahi la Pologne l'année précédente. Le pays est soumis au règne brutal de la terreur. Des milliers de Polonais - médecins, professeurs, écrivains, avocats, juifs et catholiques confondus - sont enlevés en pleine rue pour être fusillés ou incarcérés. Au mois de juin, les Allemands ont ouvert un nouveau camp de concentration où enfermer leurs prisonniers. Son nom est Auschwitz. On ne sait pas grand-chose sur ce qu'il s'y passe. Witold Pilecki, 38 ans, père de deux enfants, propriétaire terrien, sans passé politique, décide d'infiltrer le camp, de monter un réseau clandestin et de réunir des preuves contre les crimes nazis afin d'alerter l'opinion internationale.
When Tony Blair plunged Britain into war he thought that, shortly thereafter, Iraq would emerge as a peaceful democracy. Instead the invasion sparked the worst foreign policy disaster since the Suez crisis in 1956. A War of Choice is a compelling and authoritative portrayal of Britain's war in Iraq. At the outset, Blair insisted that Britain went to war to influence American decision-making. Based on over three hundred interviews, A War of Choice gives the inside story of Blair's war cabinet, Whitehall power struggles and intrigue at the White House, and traces the evolution of the special relationship, from the secret deals struck by Blair, to Brown's desperate bid to save his premiership, which brought already-strained relations with America to the verge of collapse.The occupation of Iraq also marked an extraordinary attempt to introduce democracy into the heart of the Muslim world. Fairweather takes us inside the doomed effort in Basra, where civil servants and trigger-happy contractors lived in a holiday camp atmosphere in Saddam's former palace, while British troops struggled against a raging insurgency and Iranian agents and Iraqi tribesmen plotted the occupation's downfall. Tony Blair compounded the blunders in Iraq when he launched a peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan in 2006. Fairweather follows a small group of officers and diplomats as they try to learn the lessons of liberal intervention in time to avert a disaster in Helmand and a humiliating surrender in Basra.A story of hubris and honour, betrayal and the ultimate sacrifice, A War of Choice is a gripping account of the moral and political challenges posed by the last ten years of war. Posing the question 'can nation-building defeat terrorism?' the new government would do well to take heed.Tony Blair always claimed that history would judge his decision to invade Iraq. This is it.
In its earliest days, the American-led war in Afghanistan appeared to be a triumph - a 'good war' in comparison to the debacle in Iraq. It has since turned into one of the longest and most expensive wars in recent history. The story of how this good war went so bad may well turn out to be a defining tragedy of the twenty-first century - yet, as acclaimed war correspondent Jack Fairweather explains, it should also give us reason to hope for an outcome grounded in Afghan reality.In The Good War, Fairweather provides the first full narrative history of the war in Afghanistan, from the 2001 invasion to the 2014 withdrawal. Drawing on hundreds of interviews, previously unpublished archives, and months of experience living and reporting in Afghanistan, Fairweather traces the course of the conflict from its inception after 9/11 to the drawdown in 2014. In the process, he explores the righteous intentions and astounding hubris that caused the West's strategy in Afghanistan to flounder, refuting the long-held notion that the war could have been won with more troops and cash. Fairweather argues that only by accepting the limitations in Afghanistan - from the presence of the Taliban to the ubiquity of poppy production to the country's inherent unsuitability for rapid, Western-style development - can we help to restore peace in this shattered land.A timely lesson in the perils of nation-building and a sobering reminder of the limits of military power, The Good War leads readers from the White House Situation Room to Afghan military outposts, from warlords' palaces to insurgents' dens, to explain how the US and its British allies might have salvaged the Afghan campaign - and how we must rethink other 'good' wars in the future.
Tony Blair always claimed that history would judge his decision to invade Iraq. This revelatory and at times jaw-dropping account of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan reveals the truth about our soldiers' battle for survival. Jack Fairweather details the cost of the war, set agaisnt a backdrop of misunderstanding, beaurocracy and an overwhelming clash of cultures.From the embattled British outposts and insurgent hideouts of southern Iraq to the intense debates the war provoked inside 10 Downing Street and the Whitehouse, here is the terrifying truth about Britain's involvement in Iraq.