Censored author speaks out after publishers pulled his critical book about the British Army
By Jane Whyatt and Simon Akam
Journalist Simon Akam, who spent a year in the British Army before attending university, was commissioned to research and write a critical book about the evolution of the Army post 9/11. When the publisher refused to release the book, Akam suspected censorship by the British defence establishment.
Author Simon Akam. Photo:private
The book was commissioned by Penguin Random House UK imprint William Heinemann. They asked him to research and write, in their words, an “explosive, intimate, authoritative“ account of Army life.
Even though Akam had recorded interviews on the record with hundreds of former Army personnel, publishers…