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Dirty Diplomacy: The Rough and Tumble Adventures of a Scotch Drinking, Skirt Chasing, Dictator Busting and Thoroughly Unrepentant Ambassador Stuck on the Frontline of the War Against Terror

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With all the pace and drama of a political thriller, "Dirty Diplomacy" is a riveting account of a young, fast-living ambassador's battle against a ruthless dictatorship in Central Asia and the craven political expediency in Washington and London that eventually cost him his job. Craig Murray is no ordinary diplomat. He enjoys a drink or three, and if it's in the company of ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 16th 2007 by Scribner
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Jan 10, 2014 David rated it liked it
very informative, and a good overall intro into the history and politics of central asia. i know people who have worked with murray, though, and they pretty much unanimously agree that he is a pompous arrogant self righteous womanizing alcoholic. and not in a good way.
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Feb 03, 2014 Igor Trabuco rated it it was amazing
Diplomacia Suja é um dos livros sobre política mais contundentes que li. Mostra os bastidores da diplomacia britânica, de um ponto de vista privilegiado, já que Murray conta uma história real. Um livro que mostra que os fins, definitivamente, não justificam os meios.
Michael T.
Sep 14, 2011 Michael T. rated it liked it
When you mention Uzbekistan to most educated people today they will know, at very least, that it has a horrible human rights record. That knowledge is due largely to the actions & advocacy of Craig Murray (the author of Dirty Diplomacy), the British ambassador to Uzbekistan between 2002 and 2004. Those dates are significant. The post 9-11 build up to the invasion of Iraq was underway when Ambassador Murray arrived at his new post in Tashkent. Britain had decided to back the Bush ...more
I don't even know what book I was looking for when I picked up this one and Blood Makes the Grass Grow Green: A Year in the Desert with Team America, but these were good random finds.

Ignore the hyperbolic (American edition) title, and you'll read rather a lot about running a British embassy in a horribly messed up country (Uzbekistan) in the mid-2000s. But, wow, it was hard to put down. I thought I knew something about central Asia but I am not sure it was very much. I certainly didn't realize w
Aug 21, 2008 Slincn rated it really liked it
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Dec 18, 2009 Robert rated it it was amazing
Craig Murray is too ballsy for his own good. That's exactly what we need in the world of international relations! This guy is now officially one of my heroes. Smart, fearless and funny, Murray gives an honest assessment of how political cynisism and delusional thinking have threatened to defeat any real progress in the "War on Terrorism". Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. This book is a must read for everyone interested in current geopolitics.
Oct 19, 2014 Claire rated it did not like it
I found Murray much too crass, but this is something I was already suspecting from the title. He cites a few books I have read and enjoyed in his bibliography, but that doesn't redeem him enough.

If curious about Uzbekistan, British ambassadorship, and interacting with Muslims, here's a 2006 book on it, but it's not pretty.
Sep 26, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
Written from a British Ambassador and sheds some light on lots of issues with the war on terror, government corruption (not just of those in Central Asia but also the US & UK & Russia). Leaves you wanting to know more and having more questions...
Aug 20, 2009 Hubert rated it really liked it
Somewhat fascinating read from a former British ambassador to Uzbekistan. Best at relating nutty anecdotes of facade of Uzbek attempts at economic reform in order to receive international aid.
Mar 05, 2010 Interzone rated it really liked it
Excellent read. It will be outdated soon though. Recommend for everyone concerned with Foreign Policy. Gives great info inside Islam Karimov's regime.
Fleming Voetmann
Jan 19, 2016 Fleming Voetmann rated it liked it
Interesting at times, important but minor contribution to the Bush-Blair legacies ; but also a bit too long
Aug 25, 2015 Johnathan rated it really liked it
Muito bom! Tem uma sequência e uma linguagem bem coloquial. Não fugiu do tema principal que foi da vida mais pessoal do profissional. Mas bem interessante.
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Craig John Murray is a British political activist, former ambassador to Uzbekistan and former Rector of the University of Dundee.
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