Robert Fisk calls The Burden of the Desert a “revelation”

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6 JAN 2017

Robert Fisk, the legendary British Middle East correspondent, has spoken out in praise of The Burden of the Desert, describing it as “an absolute cracker”.

Writing in The Independent, Fisk said the book is “a revelation on the cynicism and cowardice of journalists, the immorality of diplomats and the fury of Arabs”.

Britain’s most decorated foreign correspondent, Fisk interviewed Osama bin Laden three times, stayed in Beirut throughout the Lebanese civil war, and covered the fall of Baghdad. More recently he has reported from the front line in Syria at the age of 70.

You can read his full article on Justin Huggler and The Burden of the Desert here



Zoe Temple, a young journalist who dreams of being a war correspondent…

Lt Rick Benes, an American officer trying to get his platoon home alive…

Adel, an Iraqi who wants revenge for the death of his father…

Mahmoud, an Iraqi driver in a secret love affair with a Christian woman…

Nouri, an innocent man tortured in Abu Ghraib…

In occupied Baghdad, their lives will come together—in a world of violence and mistrust, where every decision can be fatal, and love is found in unexpected quarters. And when a shocking incident at an American checkpoint leaves three people dead, it sets in train a series of events that will have far-reaching consequences for them all.

Tense, affecting and informative, this is an old-school thriller…vivid and utterly convincing”

The Guardian

“Relentlessly gripping”

Independent on Sunday

“This tense, thought-provoking and extraordinary book is an absolute must”

Daily Mail


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