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Alan Clark: A Life in his own Words: The Complete Diaries 1972 - 1999

Alan Clark: A Life in his own Words: The Complete Diaries 1972 - 1999 [Kindle Edition]

Alan Clark , Ion Trewin
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written with fearlessly indiscreet honesty (Harry Ritchie DAILY MAIL)

A rollicking good read about a rogering rogue. (SUNDAY MERCURY)

Deserving of the most fulsome praise, this is a must-read for anyone who has not been touched by his charm. (CATHOLIC HERALD)

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Some of the most talked about books of recent years, Alan Clark's diaries provide a witty and irreverant insider's account of political life in Britain. Now in one volume.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1393 KB
  • Print Length: 788 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0753826739
  • Publisher: Phoenix (24 Mar 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,426 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Know what you're getting. 3 Nov 2010
These diaries are not "The Complete Diaries", they are "The Edited Diaries". The title is highly ambiguous and contradicts itself, and could end up being misleading. With that out of the way, on to the product itself.

These edited diaries could be viewed as accompaniment to the biography by Ion Trewin, who also edited these diaries, which have been selected to trace Clark's rise and demise in the political arena.

Political scholars should instead make sure to buy the complete diaries of the period/s they are interested in. They are in three volumes, the first of which, "In Power", is the most well known, covering Alan Clark's period in government (1983-1992). If you want the steamier side of Clark's life, then once again buy one or more of the original diaries, this is not for you.

If, however, you want an understanding of the man himself, and do not have the time or money to go through three separate volumes, then it is hard to fault these.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As good as all the reviews say 21 Sep 2013
By Michael
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Marvellous insight of politics , indiscreet but combined with some wonderful understanding of the natural world. The best political book I have ever read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Un-put-down-able 17 May 2013
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Alan Clark was the Mr Toad of the Tory party. Vain, boastful and a lover of fast cars.

He was born to rich and influential parents, lived a spoiled and privileged existence and really didn't ever do an honest days work in his life. He is not someone about whom I would normally want to read. The Diaries are, however, a fascinating eye witness account of the rise of 'Thatcherism' and the domination of UK politics by the Tories for the best part of 20 years.

AC kept the diaries for his own benefit and they are completely frank and open. The stories about colleagues are 'warts & all' and often very amusing. AC had wit and public schoolboy distain for the lower classes. He was as far from being PC as it is possible to be. His own lifestyle was hedonistic and one is left staggered by the risk that he took whilst in public office. I was amazed by what he 'got away with' and I guess that his reputation with the Party and Government meant that he was never able to aspire to the highest offices (although I don't think that he realised himself that this was the problem).

A must read and I recall that the price was buttons!
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