"This book succeeds on three levels. First as the memoir of a man who rose from modest origins to occupy three of the highest offices in the land. Second as an inside account of the rise and fall of new Labour and, finally, as a masterclass in the art of government by one of its foremost practitioners. It is lucid, engaging, humorous, occasionally self-deprecating and generally frank." --Chris Mullin, Times
"One of the least self-pitying memoirs I have read: a blessed relief ... this well-told, humane and entertaining tale of high office shows that Labour has been jolly lucky to have Rubber Jack around for so long" -- Anne McElvoy, Sunday Times
"Unexpectedly interesting ... His put-downs are few and far between, but all the more devastating for being so measured and euphemistic." --4 **** Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday
"There is none of the puffed-up grandness that many politicians acquire. On the contrary, Straw seems to remain decent, his mistakes freely admitted and his feet firmly rooted on the ground" --Douglas Carswell, Sunday Express
"These memoirs are better written than most. There is ample gossip and genuinely funny stories ... As well as waspish observations about personalities Charles Clarke is "a quixotic contrarian" there are revealing anecdotes."
--Peter Wilby, Guardian
"A fascinating insight into life at the heart of New Labour ... crafted with literary elegance erudite, forensic and fascinating ... This book will stand the test of time. Straw's account of Labour's journeys in and out of power over nearly five decades is a must for serious students of governments and politics" --Peter Hain, Observer
"This book is no dull ministerial CV. One of Straw's virtues as a politician was that he was one of the few interviewees who would, at 8.10am on the Today programme, answer the questions and engage in the argument. No surprise, then, that he is a good writer, with a nice line in understated wit ... I had no idea that Straw's early life was so difficult, and he tells the story well ... You might think, after all the memoirs of the New Labour years, that it would be hard to add much that is new. Yet each different voice adds a different perspective, and this is one of the best and most distinctive." --John Rentoul, Independent on Sunday
"After a few years in government, Tony Blair used to joke that every successive week was his worst ever. Jack Straw's recent memoir Last Man Standing is a reminder that, in an age of ceaseless scrutiny, a government can easily appear beset by troubles...But one of the themes that emerges from Mr Straw's memoirs is that political crises end up at the centre of government even if they do not originate there..." --Times
"'Last Man Standing' is one of the better memoirs by a leading light of the New Labour years. Straw's prose is like the man himself: cautious, measured, dependable."
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