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Drawing on the author's experiences as the Observer's foreign affairs editor, 'The Secret Life of War' focusses on the human cost of war: to the combatants, to civilians and to the author, as one who bears witness
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'An intelligent, deeply perceptive work'The Times
'Magnificent - this book should be required reading'Tribune
War has changed. In the past, states clashed and battles were fought between armies. Today superpowers are pitted against warlords.
TheObserver's chief foreign correspondent Peter Beaumont, takes us into the guts of modern conflict. He visits the bombed and abandoned home of Mullah Omar; discovers a deserted Al Qaeda camp where he finds documents describing a plan to attack London; talks to young bomb-throwers in a Rafah refugee camp. Unflinching and exquisitely written,The Secret Life of Waris a deeply personal and defining vision of the inner, secret nature of modern war.
'Beaumont's account of war reporting in the Middle East is astonishing, not least for its careful detail and his self-searching honesty. Superb'Esquire
'Beaumont's book is on a different plane to the others and will outlast many of them'Sunday Times