By Craig Murray
With all of the velocity and drama of a political mystery, Dirty Diplomacy is a riveting account of a tender, fast-living ambassador's conflict opposed to a ruthless dictatorship in vital Asia and the craven political expediency in Washington and London that at last rate him his activity.
Craig Murray isn't any traditional diplomat. He enjoys a drink or 3, and if it's within the corporation of a beautiful lady, quite a bit the higher. Murray's scant regard for the foundations of the sport additionally extends to his task. while, within the first few weeks of his posting to the little-known significant Asian Republic of Uzbekistan, he comes throughout images of a political dissident who has actually been boiled to demise, he ignores diplomatic nicety and calls it for what it's: torture of the harshest type.
Murray quickly discovers that this is often no one-off incident: fierce abuse of these opposing the govt is rife. It's now not lengthy prior to he's tearing round the state in his embassy Land Rover, shaking off Uzbek police tails and crashing via roadblocks to fulfill with dissidents and reveal their persecutors. He even confronts the despotic president, Islom Karimov, face-to-face.
yet Murray's bosses in London's overseas place of work, ever aware in their senior companions in Washington, don't are looking to disappointed the applecart. Karimov is an best friend within the newly introduced worldwide warfare on Terror. His kingdom is host to an incredible American air base. the very last thing they wish is a combating younger diplomat stirring issues up. In Craig Murray, that's precisely what they've got...
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