The History Thieves: Secrets, Lies and the Shaping of a Modern Nation
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Published By Portobello Books Ltd
ISBN : 9781846275838
Category : British History
Format : Hardback
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'This important and highly readable book proves that, in a so-called age of transparency, official secrecy is actually increasing - in government and the armed forces, in the courts and in Whitehall and the Security Services. Censorship is often imposed to hide embarrassment, but also to prevent accountability for malfeasance and illegality, and to distort deliberately the historical record. There is a new establishment at work, and it preens itself just like the old, possessing the power to suppress. Our only weapon against those Orwell used to call 'the striped-trousered ones who rule' is to expose and deride them - a job Ian Cobain does most effectively' --Geoffrey Robertson QC

'A meticulously researched, eye-opening triumph. Essential reading in the age of Snowden and Assange' -- Charles Cumming, author of A Divided Spy
'Cobain's excellent book exposes the single most significant catastrophe of the 'War on Terror'. While the rebirth of torture has grabbed many headlines, the most dangerous fruit of the atmosphere of fear has been an industry of secrecy. Cobain teaches us both the history of this secretive snooping, and how it imperils us all today' --Clive Stafford Smith

IAN COBAIN was born in Liverpool in 1960. He has been a journalist since the early 1980s and is currently an investigative reporter with the Guardian. He has won a number of awards for his journalism, including the Martha Gellhorn Prize and the Paul Foot Award. He has also won several Amnesty International media awards. His first book, Cruel Britannia (Portobello 2012) won the Paddy Power Total Politics Award for Debut Political Book of the Year.

 



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