By means of interviews with, and contributions from, prominent international figures, Axis of Freedom examines the dramatic world events which unfolded from 11 September 2001 to the end of occupation of Iraq in the summer of 2004. Many books have been written on the war on terror, but none include the personal views and opinions of so many top military and political leaders. The contributions are linked by a series of essays to form a compelling narrative of the new way of war. In their own words the key decision-makers such as Donald Rumsfeld, Richard Perle and Geoff Hoon talk about the strategic dilemmas. The military implementation of the political decisions are discussed by leaders such as the head of the US Air Force, the former British Chief of Defence Staff, Lord Guthrie, and the Royal Navy's First Sea Lord. Highly charged critiques by George Galloway MP are also included, as well as Iraq's deputy prime minister, Tariq Aziz, who was interviewed on the eve of the war. Senior foreign correspondents such as Channel Four's Lindsey Hilsum add their own frontline assessments.
In addition, leading academic analysts such as Dr Paul Cornish put the political and military debates in context.
Dr Paul Moorcraft, Gwyn Winfield and John Chisholm are security experts who work on the editorial team of the Defence Division of Surrey House which produces a range of security magazines including Defence International, NBC International and Resilience. They have travelled widely in the zones of conflicts to conduct the interviews and to contribute the linking texts.