Murder in Samarkand: A British Ambassador's Controversial Defiance of Tyranny in the War on Terror

Murder in Samarkand: A British Ambassador's Controversial Defiance of Tyranny in the War on Terror


By (author) Craig Murray

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  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 28mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 6 March 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
  • ISBN 10: 1845962214
  • ISBN 13: 9781845962210
  • Illustrations note: 1 x 8pp b/w
  • Sales rank: 61,524

Product description

When Craig Murray arrived in Uzbekistan to take up his post in 2002, he was a young ambassador with a brilliant career and a taste for whisky and women. But after hearing accounts of dissident prisoners being boiled to death and innocent people being raped and murdered by agents of the state, he started to question both his role and that of his country in so-called 'democratising' states. Following his discovery that the British government was accepting information obtained under torture, Murray could no longer maintain a diplomatic silence. When he voiced his outrage, Washington and 10 Downing Street decided he had to go. But Uzbekistan had changed the high-living diplomat and there was no way he was going to go quietly. In this candid and at times shocking memoir, Murray lays bare the dark and dirty underside of the War on Terror.

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Author information

Craig Murray joined the Diplomatic Service in 1984 and served in Nigeria, Poland and Ghana before being appointed Ambassador to Uzbekistan. He retired from the Civil Service in 2005 and now works as a writer and broadcaster.

Review quote

"A fearless book by a fearless man. Craig Murray tells the truth whether the "authorities" like it or not. I salute a man of integrity" -- Harold Pinter "I enjoyed reading, between shudders ... It really is a remarkable achievement" -- Noam Chomsky "An amazing narrative, beautifully written, of one man's war on the war on terror. Fascinating, compelling ... a bloody good read" -- John Sweeney Literary Review "Heroic ... rings horribly true. It helps explain the moral bankruptcy [of] the Blair government" -- Sir Max Hastings Sunday Times "I thought that diplomats like Craig Murray were an extinct breed. A man of the highest principle" -- John Pilger