He writes of his political education in Thatcher's Britain and painful mid-life re-assessment after 9/11 when he concluded that other forces were more malign than America and Israel was not the source of most of the troubles in the Middle East. The Iraq War, the vicious murder of Theo van Gogh, the 7/7 bombings, ethnic divisions and violence on quiet London streets - all these show how 'the muddled thinking, hypocrisy and cant' of the liberal middle class does not allow people to confront vital issues.
IN 2001 Andrew Anthony was 39 a successful Observer and Guardian journalist who had just become a father. He was perfectly poised to settle into English middle-class middle-age life. A signed up member of the liberal left, he'd even spent time supporting the Sandinistas in Nicaragua inthe 80s. There were assumpitons that, like wallet and keys, he never left the house without- the greatest menace to world security was America; crime was a function of poverty; Israel was the source of all the troubles in the Middle East. From one of the country's finest journalists, this a major book about broken dreams, darkened illusions and big questions that no longer match their received answers. This is a controversial and humane reality check - an invitation to wake up and smell the cordite.