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John Wyatt (W, 1963) speaks on his book Exploding the Myth, his dangerous life in explosives and counter-terrorism, and had ODs enthralled (and rather pleased about their own, safer, life-choices).

17 Sep 2018
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John Wyatt and his book
John Wyatt and his book
Topped and tailed by plenty of wine, John Wyatt (W, 1963) spoke on Tuesday 11th September to an enthralled group of 25 ODs and guests about his life in explosives (in which field he earned his PhD) and counterterrorism. He has captured his hugely dangerous and on-the-edge career in a book he's just published called Exploding the Myth.

John, using some very graphic slides (including that shown on the cover of the book), clustered his story into four categories: bomb disposal, bomb destruction, terrorism and conspiracy. 

Prior to starting his own consultancy, which he still runs and which is, unsurprisingly, in great demand, John was commissioned into the Royal Engineers upon completion of his training at Sandhurst, later moving to MI6. Many of his experiences and projects are subject to the Official Secrets Act yet still much of what he spoke about (and what the book covers) debunked many myths and false information (probably now known as fake news) released publicly. Not everything is as it seems. The world of political assassinations at the highest levels and across the globe are sensitive and provocative and in most cases, high risk.

From unexploded mines across the UK to airline terrorism, to political assassinations in Colombia and training of agents in Hungary, John spoke engagingly and with authority about a world completely unknown to any of us. We live in a dangerous world, and John's approach is obviously expert and experienced, but also fearless.

The book is for sale through John and he donates all proceeds to the Royal Engineers Association which is a charitable trust for needy soldiers.

The event itself were held held in the lovely offices of Stonehage Fleming courtesy of Hamish Sinclair (S, 1992), who is a Partner of the Company. Our thanks go to him.

The better/sharper photos with captions of the event are HERE (or see below and hover your cursor over the pictures to get names).

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