A riveting account told from the room where it happened: insider Kim Darroch, former UK ambassador to the US, charts the strangest and most convulsive period in the history of the special relationship.
@realDonaldTrump: ‘The wacky ambassador that the UK foisted on the United States is not someone we are thrilled with, a very stupid guy.... We will no longer deal with him.’
Kim Darroch was British ambassador to the US as the age of Trump dawned and Brexit unfolded. One of the UK’s most experienced and respected diplomats, Darroch was given the task of explaining Trump to the British and Brexit to the Americans. Choosing to resign after his confidential cables criticising the Trump administration were leaked to the press, Darroch’s unvarnished, behind-the-scenes account reveals for the first time the inside story of this tumultuous time and reflects more broadly on Britain’s relationship with the United States. In a book rich in anecdote and insight, he describes the challenges of dealing with the Trump White House and offers a diplomat’s perspective on Brexit and how it looked to Britain’s closest ally.
As the closest Brit to the story, Darroch explains why the British embassy suspected a Trump victory from as early as February 2016, what part every key figure - from Sarah Sanders to Michael Flynn - has played in Trump’s administration and what balanced policy makers on both sides of the Atlantic should consider during this era of pandemic, seismic change and populist politics.
A riveting account from the best-informed insider, Collateral Damage charts the strangest and most convulsive period in the recent history of Britain and the US - and the state of the ‘special relationship’ today.
What the critics say
"The former British ambassador to the US is rude about Theresa May, assertive on Brexit and refreshingly free of self pity.... Darroch recounts the events which led to his resignation as UK ambassador in Washington in droll style.... Darroch’s memoir is refreshingly free of self-pity. It is a highly readable and entertaining account of his diplomatic life and times.... He is honest about the 'factors' that made Brexit possible. These include large-scale immigration, profound regional inequality, identity politics and social media - all things that played a role in Trump’s rise.... Rich in insight." (Luke Harding, Guardian)