DC Confidential by Christopher Meyer Phoenix, $159 Christopher Meyer, Britain's former ambassador to Washington, says Laura Bush is a fan of Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys, and loves his song Proud to be an Asshole from El Paso. Meyer's DC Confidential covers his 1997-2003 posting to Washington, half during the Clinton administration, half during George W. Bush's. He gets even with quite a few people, and got a sound thrashing for doing so. The book was described in Parliament as a 'disreputable enterprise', and The Guardian devoted a leader to its 'bad manners'. Several reviewers felt it didn't reveal enough. The Economist thought it helpful in explaining American politics, but disclosed little that wasn't already known. Still, British Prime Minister Tony Blair wearing 'a pair of ball-crushingly tight dark blue corduroys' at Camp David is an amusing anecdote. DC Confidential reveals how Blair, intoxicated by his proximity to so much power, became trapped by his own inexperience and failed the British people by not trying harder to stop Bush going to war.