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In November 1988, Hugh John Simmonds CBE, Margaret
Thatcher's favorite speechwriter and the author's
best friend, boss and political mentor, turned up dead in a woodland glade a few miles from their sleepy
suburban hometown 20 miles west of London. To learn why his best friend was murdered, Geoffrey Gilson
journeyed into the dangerous world of international arms deals, covert intelligence operations and high-level
political corruption and discovered a secret that explains much of contemporary history.
A quest for truth which, after 20 years of high-risk adventure coupled with painstaking research and firsthand
interviews, uncovered the ugly truth that, for some 30 years, the various governments of Great Britain have
loaned their country's military and intelligence services to the United States, allowing presidents from Reagan
to Obama to pursue their covert foreign and military policies without the encumbrance of congressional
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Geoffrey Gilson is a lawyer. He was active for 10 years in the British Conservative Party before pursuing a
commercial career in public relations. He lives in Carrboro, North Carolina.