The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War: Katharine Gun and the Secret Plot to Sanction the Iraq Invasion

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British secret service officer Katharine Gun's only crime was telling the truth, but she paid a steep price when she exposed a U.S.-U.K. spy operation to secure UN authorization for the Iraq invasion. Thoroughly researched and engagingly written, this book tells the story of the young woman Sean Penn describes as "a hero of the human spirit."

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No one has had this story to tell before, because no one else--including myself--has ever done what Katharine Gun did: tell secret truths at personal risk, before an imminent war, in time, possibly, to avert it. Hers was the most important--and courageous--leak I've ever seen, more timely and potentially more effective than the Pentagon Papers.
--Daniel Ellsberg, former Defense and State Department official

One of the crucial untold stories of the Iraq war is told with great passion and sensitivity by Marcia and Thomas Mitchell. It is fitting tribute to the courage of Katharine Gun, who blew the whistle on transatlantic dirty tricks at the highest levels of government in London and Washington. A morality tale for the 21st century.
--Martin Bright, New Statesman

Katharine Gun packs more guts per square inch than anyone I know. So far, the U.S. media have kept the wraps on her important story; now you can find it all in this gripping narrative.
--Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity

It is well worth reading this book, which strongly encourages everyone--on both sides of the Atlantic--to think about what they would do facing the same ethical question Katharine faced.
--The Right Honourable Clare Short, MP, House of Commons

A deeply researched account that seamlessly interweaves the intelligence scandals of the Iraq War with the touchingly human story of a young British spy who followed her conscience.
--Hugh Wilford, The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America

A riveting story about the power of conscience fueled by intrepid courage--one that needs telling if only to lay bare the American news media's contempt for the public's right to know.
--The Honorable Edward D. Bayda, former Chief Justice of Saskatchewan

This book offers American readers a very human introduction to Katharine Gun and uses her story to explore what makes whistleblowers risk everything in the service of truth.
--Marcy Wheeler, Anatomy of Deceit: How the Bush Administration Used the Media to Sell the Iraq War and Out a Spy

Every once in a while there comes a Katherine Gun, filled with conscience and conviction, to remind us of a basic rule of life: think for yourself and question authority.
--Dr. Peter O. Whitmer, When the Going Gets Weird: The Twisted Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson

About the Author:

Mitchell raised six children while taking care of her husband who had very early Alzheimer's.

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