Friday, January 04, 2008

Book review in a lift - Soldier

General Sir Mike Jackson's story spans nearly 30 years as a frontline soldier from Northern Ireland through the Cold War and into modern conflicts in Iraq, Bosnia and Kosovo. When he's been successful in hammering out an agreement it's often been sitting down for a long lunch with a Serb commander (plum brandy), a Russian General (vodka) or a KLA warlord (bottle of scotch). He didn't really have that option in Iraq. His account of the culture in the Ministry of Defence is very depressing.

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