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Mueller, Andrew, I Wouldn't Start From Here: the 21st Century and Where it all Went Wrong (London: Portobello Books, 2008).

What is a jaded rock journalist doing in the company of mercenaries, terrorists, warmongers and hitmen? Andrew Mueller doesn’t consider himself a ‘proper’ reporter, yet somehow he’s found himself skidding around the globe from failed state to ravaged warzone to desolate no-man’s-land in an attempt to unpick why we humans seem so prone to plucking war from the jaws of peace, why so much that can go wrong does go wrong, and why some conflicts suddenly seem to find themselves resolved. Here we travel with him as he ducks for cover in Gaza, runs roadblocks in Iraq, hangs out with Hezbollah, and gets arrested in Cameroon.

Always eye-opening and often eye-wateringly entertaining, Muelller’s intrepid exploration of the world’s moral basements yields illuminating answers to perhaps the crucial question of our time: What is it with these people?


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