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

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Mainstream Publ., 2007 - Ambassadors - 400 pages
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Craig Murray was the United Kingdom’s Ambassador to Uzbekistan until he was removed from his post in October 2004 after exposing appalling human rights abuses by the US-funded regime of President Islam Karimov. In this candid and at times shocking memoir, he lays bare the dark and dirty underside of the War on Terror.

In Uzbekistan, the land of Alexander the Great and Tamburlaine, lurks one of the most hideous tyrannies on earth – one founded on cotton slavery and brutal torture. As neighbouring 'liberated’ Afghanistan produces record levels of heroin, the Uzbek rulers cash in on massive trafficking. They are even involved in trafficking their own women to prostitution in the West. But this did not prevent Karimov being viewed as a key US ally in the War on Terror.

When Craig Murray arrived in Uzbekistan, 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.

When Murray decided to go public with his shocking findings, Washington and 10 Downing Street reached the conclusion that he had to go. But Uzbekistan had changed the high-living diplomat and there was no way he was going to go quietly.

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

User Review  - Ian Simpson - Goodreads

This should be compulsory reading for anyone who imagines that our Western democracies conduct all business in a principled way. Bush declared his 'War on Terror' and Blair signed up to it with all ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Jason - Goodreads

I think his work to expose the hypocrisy of the War on Terror is commendable but he's such a shitbag as a person, it can be hard at times to feel any sympathy for what he went through. Read full review

About the author (2007)

Craig Murray was born in 1958. He joined the Diplomatic Service in 1984 and served in Nigeria, Poland and Ghana, before being appointed Ambassador to Uzbekistan in 2002. He retired from the Civil Service in 2005. He now lives in London, where he works as a writer and broadcaster.

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