Simon Akam, author of 'The Changing of the Guard - the British Army Since 9/11'
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A revelatory, explosive new analysis of the British military today!


Over the first two decades of the twenty-first century, Britain has changed enormously. During this time, the British Army fought two campaigns, in Iraq and Afghanistan, at considerable financial and human cost. Yet neither war achieved its objectives. This book questions why, and provides challenging but necessary answers.


Award-winning journalist Simon Akam, who spent a year in the army when he was 18, returned a decade later to see how the institution had changed. His book examines the relevance of the armed forces today ― their social, economic, political, and cultural role. This is as much a book about Britain, and about the politics of failure, as it is about the military.

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