Gripping, shocking, admirably terse, this is the story of the bloody mess after the fast 2003 victory in Iraq.
Fairweather, an embedded reporter for the Telegraph, tells the unvarnished truth from brass-hat bust-ups ("Did you just say you've briefed this plan to Washington without consulting any of us?" "You're being consulted now") to the darkly funny screw-ups on the front line ("Ryan, pass us the fucking grenade." "I can't. I've pulled the pin"). "It is easy to blame Tony Blair," concludes Fairweather – and he does – but British military leaders "gave poor advice."
A War of Choice By Jack Fairweather Vintage, £9.99