From Dublin to Beirut, Guantanamo Bay to Iraq - and all the way back - Tom Clonan takes the reader on a very personal journey through the Global War on Terror. The book deals with a variety of themes including death, mayhem and murder, loss of loved ones, fear of flying and the hazards of having four children and a dog!
Clonan’s book begins with his career as a Captain in the Irish Army in war-torn Lebanon and Bosnia. It then chronicles his experiences as a military whistleblower, academic and journalist and finally Irish Times Security Analyst. These experiences give the reader a unique insight into the Global War on Terror. They also give the reader an insight into the nature of faith, trust and betrayal of ideals.
It is a frank and honest account of conflict from the point of view of someone with first-hand experiences of war abroad and heartbreaking experiences of loss at home. Clonan’s book is by turns dark, hilarious and moving. His accounts of a world engaged in asymmetrical warfare – at a cost of $4 trillion dollars and over a million lives to date – is disturbing. His account of the war, juxtaposed with intimate descriptions of his own family circumstances – a parent helping his young son to fight a serious neuromuscular disease – is an eloquent commentary on the futility of war and the huge potential for good that exists in the world.
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Dr. TOM CLONAN is the Irish Times Security Analyst. He lectures in the School of Media, Dublin Institute of Technology – Ireland’s oldest Journalism school. He lives in Dublin and has four children. He served as an officer in the Irish Army from 1989 and has direct experience of the conflicts in Ireland, Lebanon and the former Yugoslavia. As Irish Times Security Analyst, Clonan has had exclusive access to all aspects of the Global War on Terror including experiences in Iraq, Syria, continental Europe and Guantanamo Bay. He also provides expert military and security analysis to Irish national television and radio, and international broadcasters including the BBC and Sky News.
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