Books by Mark Curtis

Secret Affairs: Britain’s Collusion with Radical Islam

In his ground-breaking new book, Mark Curtis reveals the secret history of British collusion with radical Islamic and terrorist groups. It shows how Labour and Conservative governments have connived with militant groups linked to al-Qaida to control oil resources, overthrow governments and promote Britain’s financial interests. Secret Affairs reveals how Britain has covertly supported radical Islamic groups in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Libya, the Balkans, Syria, Indonesia and Egypt. Drawing on declassified government files, it documents Britain’s hidden strategic alliance with the two major state sponsors of radical Islam – Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. And it shows how British policies of ‘divide of rule’ – rooted in the Empire – have used Islamic forces to promote imperial interests in India, Palestine, Jordan and Yemen. Similar British policies continue today in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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UnpeopleUnpeople: Britain’s Secret Human Rights Abuses

Curtis shows that Britain is complicit in the deaths of ten million people since 1945. These are Unpeople – those whose lives are seen as expendable in the pursuit of Britain’s economic and political goals. The book pieces together the Blair government’s “public deception campaign” on Iraq and reveals government plans to increase “information operations” directed towards the public and to embark on a new phase of global military intervention. He also reveals from the declassified British government documents the hidden history of unethical British policies, including support for the massacres in Iraq in 1963, the backing given to the rise of Uganda dictator Idi Amin and the extraordinary private support of the US in its aggression against Vietnam.

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Web of Deceit: Britain’s Real Role in the World

In this best-selling book, Mark Curtis reveals a new picture of Britain’s role in the world since 1945 and in the “war against terrorism” by offering a comprehensive critique of the Blair government’s foreign policy. Curtis argues that Britain is an “outlaw state”, often a violator of international law and ally of many repressive regimes. He reasons not only that Britain’s foreign policies are generally unethical but that they are also making the world more dangerous and unequal. The book also draws on formerly secret government documents showing the British policy of depopulating the Chagos Islands, the brutal wars in Kenya and Malaya and support for the massacres in Indonesia in 1965, among others.

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Trade For LifeTrade For Life: Making Trade Work for Poor People

Across the world, poor people are suffering as a result of the current global trade system. The trade rules negotiated in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) cover not merely trade issues, but also investment, services, agriculture and intellectual property rights, and have been made primarily in the interests of business corporations in developed countries. This book, written for Christian Aid’s trade campaign, analyses the nature and impact of the global trade agreements and recommends how they need to change.

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The Great Deception: Anglo-American power and world order

Debunking some of the myths of post-cold war power, Mark Curtis shows how Britain remains the key supporting player in US hegemony and how far from benign this special relationship is in its impact on the rest of the world. The book analyses the nature of the special relationship in the Middle East and at the UN, the recent phenomenon of so-called “humanitarian intervention” and the reality behind the two states’ “development” agendas.

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The Ambiguities of Power: British foreign policy since 1945

Using formerly secret government documents and independent sources, this historical study argues for a radically revised understanding of post-war British foreign policy. Curtis shows that, contrary to the impression usually conveyed by both academic writing and press coverage, British policy, in both intention and effect, had been far removed from the principles it has conventionally been assumed to be based upon: the pursuit of peace, the promotion of democracy and human rights, and the relief of poverty. The book covers the whole of the post-war period. It examines British foreigh policy planners’ aims and interventions in a host of developing countries, as well as looking at the special relationship with the United States.

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12 Responses to “Books”

  1. Dear Mark,

    I’ve read many of your articles and The Great Deception which is one of my favourite books. To the best of my knowledge, I’ve never seen anything written by you on the covert use of conservation organisations like the WWF by British intelligence agencies. It’s quite a shocking story. I would recommend that you read the following books to judge for yourself: Elaine Dewar’s Cloak of Green (pp.332-338), Raymond Bonner’s At the Hand of Man (pp.60-86), and above all, Kevin Dowling’s chapter “The Secret History of the Wildlife Conservation Movement” in Olivier Schmidt’s The Intelligence Files (pp.23-52).


    Maidhc O’Cathail

  2. 2 andy

    hi mark few things i,d like to say thank god theres people like yourself on this planet
    i have your books the great decemtion is a outstanding work mark your a outstanding person and along with people like john pilger noah chomsky etc, your the only people i belive i will never fall into the trap of buying into the crap that goverments tell us never have never will so god bless you mark thank u on the behalf of people who are willing to read and listen stay well peace andy

  3. 3 akeel abbasi

    I just finished ur book “web of Deiceit”. Enjoyed reading from page ix to 431.

    If I wanted to read about the same subject but instead of British Role I wanted the know about the French roles in different parts of the world. What books would you suggest ? can you name me few reliable ones ?

  4. 4 Tony Moores

    I am reading your book “Web of Deceit” What can I say?
    I am shocked but not surprised. I am 68 and was a child of the fifties (my formative years) I felt that I grew up in a country which was democratic and we had free speech and also (a nono these days) common sense. I just saw David Millipeed say that this government does
    not condone torture, no, I thought but you turn a blind eye to it.

  5. 5 Craig Lyon

    For anyone else interested in obtaining a copy of one of the earlier books The Great Deception is available on a print on demand basis at

    Took a while to turn up but saving £150 on the Amazon price definitely made the wait worthwhile.

    Don’t know if Mr Curtis reads these comments or not but I’ll echo everyone else in saying thanks and keep up the good work.

  6. Your book on Deceit is powerful and ranks with others I have read on similar topics to do with the juggernaut political system we have inherited from the f Romans. Centralisation of power on the full spectrum dominance scale is a bad idea, no matter how highly principled the aim. Our educational system and the BBC in particular contribute to the dumbing down of political life and healthy debate.
    I would go further than you on repudiating the impartiality of the BBC and argue that it shovels out churnalism, (Nick Davies) reporting on a world the size of Wales, covering contemporary political thought and social movements with a programme as full and as penetrating as a toothbrush, and over pays its entourage of magicians, chat show hosts and celebrities who between them inoculate public consciousness with a heightened awareness of reality as high as methyl ethyl ketone.
    I can’t wait to trawl through your next book.

  7. 7 Iqbal Hussain

    Hello Mark Curtis

    I am a british born muslim and I love my country Great Britain, indeed there are not many honest, humble servant of God like yourself, I truly love your books, and I pray that you keep up with your good work, The most hated remark for a young muslim like myself is when some one calls you a “Terriorist”, after reading your books I have gained indept knowlegde how our own government directly sponsores terriorst organizations and we innocent muslims who love UK are painted with the same brush as the evil terrirost organizations, Any all the best, and please keep doing your excellent service for our country

  8. 8 padraigcolman

    There is so much here I want to read!

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