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Prezza: My Story: Pulling No Punches [Hardcover]

John Prescott
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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29 May 2008
PREZZA: PULLING NO PUNCHES finally tells the remarkable journey of an 11-plus failure who became a union firebrand, a campaigning MP and Britain's longest-serving deputy prime minister.
    Whether you regard John Prescott as a street brawler, traitor to the left, grace-and-favour croquet player, philanderer and minister without a job; OR as the man who ensured crucial party modernisation, who helped get Labour back into power, who kept the peace between Brown and Blair, who fought with Al Gore to get the ground-breaking Kyoto Agreement signed and the voice of reason in the Cabinet - his life story makes for a compelling read.

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (29 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755317750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755317752
  • Product Dimensions: 3.7 x 16.3 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 500,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A terrific political autobiography of a kind that we may not see again... Compelling and affecting stuff' (Sunday Times) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The extraordinary life story of the larger-than-life Labour politician and former deputy prime minister

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and easy to read 19 Sep 2009
By Ch0pski
This is not a heavyweight book, it's not really comparable to memoirs by Thatcher or Campbell, but it is still an enjoyable and informative read.

Prescott is candid about deeply personal things like his struggles with bulimia and academia. He is less candid about the true nature of some of the people he has worked with. No one really gets a kicking, which is surprising for someone like Prescott who says in his book that one of his best qualities is his professional aggression. Bearing in mind the book's title, I would have liked to have seen him land a few more well placed blows on his opponents...

But Prescott has inarguably led a fascinating life and as such this is an inspiring success story of battling against the odds to achieve big things at the highest level of public service.

'Prezza' is not one for the political academics, but it would be a great book for those with an interest in the Labour Party and current affairs to chuck in the hand luggage for a bit of aeroplane reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't do what I'd hoped 12 Jun 2009
By Chris
This is a very easy read! It doesn't read like a typical autobiography of a politician, Prescott seems to have only read a couple of books, such as Campbell's diaries, and hasn't done much work, so some figures are based on his memory, and aren't checked out. His biases are played out, so despite his protests he does come across as someone who doesn't have an equal view of women, or value anything about tories - indeed his description of a conservation with the then PM Major Prezza comes across as rude.

As a book that may capture Prescott the man this may do the job, but for a deputy PM, or a high profile politician, it is slight, we can only have greater hope for Tony Blair's biography
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5.0 out of 5 stars Prezza: Pulling No Punches by John Prescott 11 Nov 2011
I just finished reading Pulling No Punches by John Prescott. It is humorous and witty also informative. I had copy from RNIB read by Steve Hodson. He is my favourite book reader. He was on Folly Foot Farm, brilliant TV programme. He makes himself sound more like Prescott than Prescott does. I knew nothing about Prescott or his politics other than that he punched a protester for throwing a raw egg at him. However, this is a fabulous book. It is consistent from start to finish and so easy to follow. It's so descriptive it's better and clearer than watching HD TV. You gain great insight into politics and the interesting life that Mr John Prescott has lead from when he was young boy until 2008 nearing time of his leaving his position of DPM. His accomplishments or achievements have been outstanding. But he doesn't snatch all the glory for himself. He is proud to include his wife Pauline and family. His friends and colleagues he worked with. He shows a side to Gordon Brown and Tony Blaire I had not seen or heard of before. Even Prince Charles and Her Gracious Majesty Queen Elizabeth II have a mention that he said he would not bow the knee too, but did she outsmart him or did he succumb to her charm? Rossetti: The Novel
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Precott in his own words 13 Mar 2011
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John Prescott is one of the last of a dying political breed: the local trade union official who rose from the shop floor (or in his case, ships' decks) to be selected as an MP and then progress through to the cabinet.

If his book makes one thing clear, it's that he's always felt - and usually been - an outsider. As such, being just about the last remaining Old Labour member of an unapologetically New Labour government placed him in a role where he was comfortably uncomfortable. He doesn't seem happy unless fighting against someone, whether that be ships' masters, his trade union bosses, Tories, or the 'beautiful people' in Labour for whom modernisation meant dumping the party's heritage. Or egg-throwers.

That episode may well be what he ultimately becomes best remembered for and it's something he seems proud of, given the number of references or allusions to it throughout, from reminiscences of his times entertaining passengers at sea as a participant in boxing bouts, to another incident where he hit someone while Deputy PM, to the book's subtitle, 'Pulling no Punches'.

As for that description, it feels largely true. It's not a deep personal self-analysis (failings are invariably put down to his having failed the Eleven Plus or poor grammar) but it does feel quite an honest account of his life. The comparison with, for example, Peter Mandelson's book, The Third Man, is stark: there, every word felt as if it had been considered before being committed to paper, as he still fought for his legacy. Prescott's is definitely written in the past tense.

One reason why it is so open is that I suspect that while every word is his, he didn't write any of them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DOCKS TO DOWNING STREET JOHN PRESCOTT 16 Jun 2012
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just what l'd hoped for 13 July 2008
By Robert P. Splaine VINE VOICE
To start my rant, I'm not a Political Animal, and was hoping it
would not be full of policy decisions, more about his life.
I bought the book because l like John Prescott and think he's an
enigmatic person, and would love to meet him. I wasn't disappointed.
It's an amusing and entertaining read, he tell's of his life and how
he got to be where he was/is, as well as the egg incident.
Its not a heavy read. Sadly the New Statesman really pulled
it to pieces, which is one of the reasons l bought it.
If your not a John Prescott fan don't go anywhere near it.
But if you can forget Politics and read about the man,
l think you will enjoy it.
Personally I'm very happy I've read it, and it has put in
my mind what l thought about Mr Prescott to be correct,
he is a decent, honest, funny man.....and grumpy as he admits.
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