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My review of Toby Harnden’s Dead Men Risen: The Welsh Guards and the Real Story of Britain’s War in Afghanistan may be read in the July-August issue of Quadrant.


Toby Harnden’s Dead Men Risen stood on the brink of notoriety when Britain’s Ministry of Defence bought the entire first print run and pulped it. This wasteful and improvident attempt to silence Harnden, the London Daily Telegraph’s Washington editor, naturally only whetted the public’s appetite. The great risk, obvious to any reader picking up the heavy tome and weighing up whether to buy it, was that it would not live up to the interest created by its initial destruction. Thankfully, this book is worth every minute spent journeying through its pages.