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Paul Moorcraft - Author

About the Author

Paul Moorcraft has been a professor, policeman, film producer and political pundit as well as a Whitehall warrior and a war correspondent. The author of over twenty books of fiction and non-fiction, his autobiographical Inside the Danger Zones: Travels to Arresting Places (2010) is available in paperback and in e-book.

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Deadlines on the Front Line

Deadlines on the Front Line

Author: Paul Moorcraft Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2018

The author of this gritty memoir has lived life to the full and fortunately has the ability to recall his experiences in a graphic and entertaining manner. As a war correspondent and paramilitary policeman, Moorcraft was a magnet for drama and action. His descriptions of sometimes tragic and often hilarious escapades in war torn countries literally from A (Afghanistan) to Z (Zimbabwe) are self-effacingly entertaining. His light-hearted approach disguises a thoroughly perceptive and analytical mind. The reader will never be bored while accompanying Moorcraft reporting on wars in over thirty combat zones in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. This is his book of hazardous travels to strange, often little-known places meeting even stranger people who were often all too keen to lock him up or try and kill him. Deadlines on the Frontline is a delightful and invigorating read which offers an intelligent insight into the turbulent world of the late 20th and early 21st centuries

Total Onslaught War and Revolution in Southern Africa 1945-2018

Total Onslaught War and Revolution in Southern Africa 1945-2018

Author: Paul Moorcraft Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/08/2018

The end of the Second World War may have heralded peace in Europe but conflicts in Southern Africa were about to begin. The imperial powers were weakened by the cost of war and a string of wars challenged colonial rule in countries such as Namibia, Angola and Rhodesia. Once independence was achieved, civil wars between rival factions unfamiliar with democratic principles resulted. Liberation movements such as those in South Africa demanded self-rule and end to Apartheid. Tribal feuds, corruption and the ambitions of dictators led to more conflicts such as the protracted fighting in the Congo. These were wars that ran on until both sides were exhausted often only to be re-kindled after short periods of uneasy peace. The cost in human and material terms has been devastating and in too many cases remain so. Economic development has been frustrated and the result is often poverty, abuse and genocide. The Author who knows Southern Africa as a native is superbly equipped to tell this fascinating if tragic record.

Superpowers, Rogue States and Terrorism Countering the Security Threats to the West

Superpowers, Rogue States and Terrorism Countering the Security Threats to the West

Author: Paul Moorcraft Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2017

Dr Paul Moorcraft's recent controversial and prophetic book on Islamic terrorism a The Jihadist Threat: The Re-conquest of the West? a raised a storm and many questions. Here he answers them. The author is unusual in having spent time with frontline jihadists in Afghanistan, the Balkans and North Africa. So this is no moral tract based on theory but instead hard frontline combat. Jihadism became a long-term threat to the West. Then along came Brexit and Donald Trump to add the complications of rogue Russian behaviour. This book is unique in analysing today's crises, and opportunities, in the context of a matrix of threats from Russia, jihadism, as well as China and North Korea. The possible solutions offered to these challenges are highly provocative a ranging from re-introducing internment for UK jihadists to the dismemberment of the two prime Western enemies - Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. It also looks at possible deals with Russia and China, not least in solving the nuclear sabre-rattling from North Korea. Professor Moorcraft's expert insights are based upon extensive knowledge and first-hand eye-witness experience. But beware: he doesn't pull punches nor is he at all politically correct.

The Jihadist Threat The Re-Conquest of the West?

The Jihadist Threat The Re-Conquest of the West?

Author: Paul Moorcraft Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2017

This updated edition of Professor Paul Moorcraft s timely and controversial book examines the international and domestic threats to the West from Jihadism. It joins the dots in the Middle East, Asia and Africa and explains what it means for the home front, mainly Britain but also continental Europe and the USA. More Brits are trying to join the Islamic State than the reserve forces. Why? It puts the whole complex jigsaw together without pulling any punches. After briefly tracing the origins of Jihadism from the time of the Prophet, The Jihadist Threat analyses the fall-out from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and how far these fuelled the rise of the self-styled Islamic State and other terror groups and the extent these pose to European society. Finally, the Author offers suggestions for defeating this existential threat to the Western way of life. This well-illustrated book is written from the inside. Professor Moorcraft, currently the Director of the Centre for Foreign Policy Analysis, London, has long worked at the heart of the British security establishment and has operated as a war correspondent in over thirty conflict zones since Afghanistan in the 1980s, often alongside frontline Jihadists. Arguably no-one is better qualified to write on this subject and his knowledge coupled with forthright views cannot be ignored. This claim is borne out by his predictions in the original edition which have proved prescient. This is an important work that fully deserves the acclaim it has attracted.

Dying for the Truth A Concise History of Frontline War Reporting

Dying for the Truth A Concise History of Frontline War Reporting

Author: Paul Moorcraft Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2016

War correspondents are crucial to democracy and the public's discovery of the truth. Without the media, the temptation to manipulate events with propaganda could be irresistible to politicians of all hues. Dying for The Truth examines how journalists have plied their trade from the Crimean War to the present. Paul Moorcraft, a veteran journalist, discusses how correspondents' considerable influence has shaped the actions of politicians and military commanders as well as public opinion, and reveals how authority figures now view the media as potentially valuable tools. Technical developments and the twenty-four-hour news cycle have inevitably changed the nature of war reporting. Today news bureaus are apt to learn of developments before the higher chains of command. The author comments on key milestones that have contributed to this evolution.Using his own and others' experiences in recent conflicts, including Korea, the Falklands, the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan, Moorcraft shares an aspect of warfare that is all too often overlooked but can be crucial to the outcome.The public's attitude toward the day-to-day conduct of war is becoming ever more significant and this fascinating book examines why.

Omar al-Bashir and Africa's Longest War

Omar al-Bashir and Africa's Longest War

Author: Paul Moorcraft Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2016

President Omar al-Bashir is Africa's and arguably Arabia's most controversial leader. In power since 1989, he is the first sitting head of state to be issued with an arrest warrant, for war crimes, by International Criminal Court. He has been a central personality in Islamic and African politics, as well as a love-to-hate figure for the US in the 'war on terror'. For military history readers, Al-Bashir is a field marshal who has fought possibly the world's longest conflict. Modern Sudan has been embroiled in war since 1955. No proper biography has been written on him before. Nor has there been a comprehensive military history of Sudan. The book briefly covers the military background until independence. Then it dissects the long north-south civil war until Bashir's Islamist military coup in 1989. Thereafter it narrates the wars in the east, south, west (in Darfur), International political and military intervention is also factored in. The author draws on in-depth one-on-one interviews with Bashir himself and his family and close political, military and intelligence colleagues.

The Rhodesian War Fifty Years on from UDI

The Rhodesian War Fifty Years on from UDI

Author: Paul Moorcraft, Peter McLaughlin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2015

Fifty years on, this superb and exciting book depicts the military history of Southern Rhodesia from the first resistance to colonial rule, through the period of UDI by the Smith government to the Lancaster House agreement that transferred power. There are vivid accounts of the operations against the black nationalist 'guerillas' by the security forces and the intensity of the fighting and courage of the participants will surprise and enthrall readers. Atrocities were undoubtedly committed by both sides but equally the protagonists were playing for very high stakes. But this is more than just a book on military operations. The Authors are able to provide expert analysis of the historical situation and examines events up to the present day, including Mugabe's operations against rival tribes and white farmers. For a thorough work on its subject this book cannot be bettered. Essential reading for those wishing to learn more about a counter-insurgency campaign. The ingenuity of the Rhodesian military fighting against overwhelming odds and restricted by sanctions is impressive but the outcome culminating in the Lancaster House Agreement was inevitable.

It Just Doesn't Add Up: Explaining Dyscalculia and Overcoming Number Problems for Children and Adults

It Just Doesn't Add Up: Explaining Dyscalculia and Overcoming Number Problems for Children and Adults

Author: Paul Moorcraft Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/10/2015

This book will help to raise the profile of dyscalculia, and should be required reading for all sufferers, all parents of sufferers, and all teachers, not to mention ministers and officials in the Department for Education. Professor Brian Butterworth, Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychology, University College, London - This book explains dyscalculia -- but for the first time from the perspective of a sufferer. - It is estimated up to 5% of the population suffers from the condition - Often humorous, sufferers and their carers will find it a relief and a joy to share experiences and learn more about how to cope. Prof Moorcraft is an award-winning novelist and author of numerous non-fiction books. He has taught in UK schools, colleges as well as 10 major universities around the world. But his greatest experience for writing this book is that he is an acute sufferer.

The Jihadist Threat The Re-Conquest of the West

The Jihadist Threat The Re-Conquest of the West

Author: Paul Moorcraft Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/10/2015

This timely and controversial book examines the international and domestic threats to the West from Jihadism. It joins the dots in the Middle East, Asia and Africa and explains what it means for the home front, mainly Britain but also continental Europe and the USA. More Brits are trying to join the Islamic State than the reserve forces. Why? It puts the whole complex jigsaw together without pulling any punches. After briefly tracing the origins of Jihadism from the time of the Prophet, The Jihadist Threat analyses the fall-out from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and how far these fuelled the rise of the self-styled Islamic State and other terror groups and the extent these pose to European society. Finally, the Author offers suggestions for defeating this existential threat to the Western way of life. This well-illustrated book is written from the inside. Professor Paul Moorcraft, currently the Director of the Centre for Foreign Policy Analysis, London, has long worked at the heart of the British security establishment and has operated as a war correspondent in over thirty conflict zones since Afghanistan in the 1980s, often alongside frontline Jihadists.Arguably no-one is better qualified to write on this subject and his knowledge coupled with forthright views cannot be ignored.

Omar al-Bashir and Africa's Longest War

Omar al-Bashir and Africa's Longest War

Author: Paul Moorcraft Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/04/2015

President Omar al-Bashir is Africa's and arguably Arabia's most controversial leader. In power since 1989, he is the first sitting head of state to be issued with an arrest warrant, for war crimes, by International Criminal Court. He has been a central personality in Islamic and African politics, as well as a love-to-hate figure for the US in the 'war on terror'. For military history readers, Al-Bashir is a field marshal who has fought possibly the world's longest conflict. Modern Sudan has been embroiled in war since 1955. No proper biography has been written on him before. Nor has there been a comprehensive military history of Sudan. The book briefly covers the military background until independence. Then it dissects the long north-south civil war until Bashir's Islamist military coup in 1989. Thereafter it narrates the wars in the east, south, west (in Darfur), International political and military intervention is also factored in. The author draws on in-depth one-on-one interviews with Bashir himself and his family and close political, military and intelligence colleagues.

Mugabe's War Machine Saving or Savaging Zimbabwe

Mugabe's War Machine Saving or Savaging Zimbabwe

Author: Paul Moorcraft Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/09/2011

Mugabe's dictatorship in Zimbabwe has survived only because of the vicious suppression of all internal dissent. At the same time, the dictator fought in external wars, regardless of the domestic costs. This revealing book tracks the rise of Mugabe and decodes his psychology in the context of Zimbabwe's military history. His leadership of a guerrilla army against white rule explains how Mugabe continued to rule Zimbabwe as though he were still running an insurgency. Mugabe used military power - the armed forces, militias, police and the dreaded Central Intelligence Organization - to enforce his will against a series of perceived enemies. Along with inflicting massacres in Matabeleland in the early 1980s, Mugabe's forces also fought a covert war against apartheid South Africa. A large army was sent to intervene in the civil war in Mozambique. After 1998 Zimbabwean troops engaged in the massive conflict in the Congo, dubbed Africa's First World War.Domestically, Mugabe crushed all his alleged opponents from the Ndebele to white farmers, and then the media, judiciary, civic groups, churches, unions and homosexuals. The book recounts South African attempts to keep the current government of national unity alive, despite the growing oppression. It also considers how Zimbabwe can be saved from its own self-destruction.Mugabe's War Machine is the first full account of one man's military ambitions. It contains shocking stories of massacre and murder at home and powerful accounts of neighbouring wars and international intelligence intrigues.

Man-eaters, mambas and marula madness A game ranger's life in the lowveld

Man-eaters, mambas and marula madness A game ranger's life in the lowveld

Author: Paul Moorcraft Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2011

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