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Know the Truth [Paperback]

George Carey
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4 Sep 2009

In this remarkable and candid memoir the former Archbishop of Canterbury recalls his life and his spiritual quest; this is the first time in history that an Archbishop of Canterbury has written his autobiography.

‘Know the Truth’ tells George Carey’s story from growing up in Dagenham to his experiences in the RAF in the early 1950s, of how he was to become Bishop of Bath and Wells and thereafter attained the position of Archbishop of Canterbury.

Utterly sincere and told with warmth and compassion, ‘Know the Truth’ shares George Carey’s story of marriage, family and friendship as well as addressing the wider political aspects of his time at Lambeth.



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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (4 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000712029X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007120291
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 12.8 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 914,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Endearing…genuinely funny…amusing political anecdotes.’ Sunday Times

‘Engaging and moving.’ A. N. Wilson, Evening Standard

‘There are as many scores settled here as in, say, Edwina Currie’s, and that is why they are a surprisingly engrossing read.’ Daily Telegraph

‘There is…something very refreshing about a contemporary churchman writing so openly about his personal relationship with God. For me, his confessions of doubt form the most vivid and attractive parts of his autobiography.’ Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday

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This remarkable and candid memoir marks the first time in history that an Archbishop of Canterbury has written his autobiography; it tells George Carey's story from growing up in Dagenham to his experiences in the RAF in the early fifties, of how he was to become Bishop of Bath and Wells and thereafter attained the position of Archbishop of Canterbury itself. Know The Truth tells in detail of the challenges that awaited George Carey in his archbishopric, such as the controversial ordination of women priests, and of his involvement with all the prominent personalities of the day in government, in the Royal Family, and around the world.
Dr Carey’s memoir provides a unique and fascinating insight; a view from the bridge, so to speak, into what it is like to hold one of the great -and nowadays one of the most sensitive – offices in the country, to head a church of 400 million people worldwide and to bring both leadership and diplomacy to such a public role during very challenging times. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book 28 Jun 2004
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Format:Hardcover
This is a fantastic book because it is so real. It takes really ugly subjects and offsets them with an understated humor that makes them not only palatable but entertaining. However never does the author disrespect himself or what he has faced in life. There are many books that are entertaining. There are many books that are educational. Very few books though accomplish all those things at once. This is a book that sits in the rare company of A Child Called It, Nightmares Echo, White Oleander, and My Fractured Life.
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1.0 out of 5 stars George congratulates himself! 17 April 2006
Format:Paperback
This book is George Carey's retirement fund. Most of it is rather dull - as you might predict - and the potentially salacious bits - material about the Royal Family - represent information that, in his role as priest to that family, probably shouldn't have been written, but have been (1) to show that he was indeed close to them (despite his insecurities over his humble background); and (2) to sell his book. George comes over as rather surprised that he made it to the top job in the CofE, such that he has to justify it by telling us how good he was at it. This book has done his reputation no favours; its title, like its subject, is inflated.
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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  2 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly candid 4 Nov 2013
By Susan Adkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A refreshingly candid account of the everyday experiences for an Archbishop of Canterbury. Carey presents a window into a life of challenge,inspiration, joy and often frustration. Although my spiritual journey as an Anglican is more open and inclusive, I greatly respect Carey's deep spiritual honesty and respect for other opinions and convictions. The text is never 'preachy' nor overly ecclesiastical; a good resource as well as an interesting read.
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent memoir 17 Oct 2013
By Josh Dollins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If your anglican if you have an interest in the church its past present and future, if your of a more conservative bent etc. give this book a read you'll find it worth your time
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