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Robin Cook - The Point of Departure (audiobook)


No, this is not another medical thriller by Robin Cook. This Robin Cook is a British politician who resigned his cabinet post in March 2003 in protest over Britain's involvement in the impending war on Iraq. Cook, who served as Tony Blair's foreign secretary and (later) leader of the House of Commons, was one of Blair's close friends and confidants. His book, the bulk of which is taken up with extracts from diaries spanning the two-year period leading up to his resignation, provides a wealth of information for political junkies. American readers may not be able to follow all the references to British politics and politicians, but the heart of the book will be familiar to everyone: the period immediately preceding Cook's resignation, when he found himself in ideological conflict with his friend and prime minister. Following the chronological diary entries, Cook appends an essay in which he comments on the war in Iraq and expresses his view that the United Kingdom was roped into participating in the conflict by Blair's single-minded support of President Bush. Finally, the text reprints Cook's resignation speech, which was received with the House of Commons' first-ever standing ovation. The book offers one man's story, one man's opinion, but it presents a persuasive case that Britain went to war over the objections of the majority of its citizens.

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