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John Major: The Autobiography
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on 28 December 2000
An honest account of the Major years, involved with telling history, not re-writing it. This auto-biography shows how Major had to fight against those people in the Tory Party obsessed with self-destruction.
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on 8 April 2014
Who would guess that a political autobiography could be a damned good read? I enjoyed every page and learnt a lot. I always liked John Major and his wife Norma. We could do with more like them.
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on 20 July 2013
A wonderful insight into the man and his beliefs- shows him as a sincere and honest politician trying to do the best for his country and he certainly set the economy up for Blair to free wheel
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on 7 July 2015
Decent read although in places some of the descriptions are too "Major" biased to appear credible. Gives food for thought on some of the events that have happened since it was wrritten.
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on 17 December 2013
Fascinating insights into the Tory party's battles over Europe. Recommended reading for David Cameron, and all who admired Margaret Thatcher.
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on 13 August 2013
I found this a really interesting read from a historic perspective. Reads well, slightly long winded at times but certainly worth going to.
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on 11 April 2015
I bought this for my husband as a present and he thoroughly enjoyed reading it. A very interesting autobiograpy
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on 23 February 2008
This serves as kind of a post-car crash autopsy on why the Tory Party failed to win in 1997 and has failed since. It's Europe. Conservatives often refer to Europe along the lines of "what was the point in winning WW2?". They don't accept that the electorate does not care about the EU. If the transport infrastructure is failing, education results deteriorating and the job market collapsing who apart from a hardcore could care less about subsidiarity? The irony is of course that the UK economy plus investment in NHS and education had never been higher than in the latter years of Major's administration but instead of trumpeting these "it's the economy stupid" facts the Tories undermined themselves with backbiting and infighting over something most of the UK neither understands nor cares about. Labour's 1983 manifesto may have been the longest suicide note in history but the period 1992-7 was the longest death by a thousand cuts. Major gives the details of this in a rather no holds barred manner but you get the sense that Major would have been happier being PM around the time of MacMillan and Eden before every MP had their own team of spin doctors hardwired to the editorial desk of the Daily Mail. One criticism is that Major does not mention the botched railway privatisation, something that has and will continue to cost the country more economically and socially than Black Wednesday, Gulf War I or the Poll Tax repeal conbined.
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on 31 August 2014
Fascinating view from the inside but only occassionally does the style really engage the reader.
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on 2 November 2012
The book is in very good condition and is well illustrated with photographs showing John Major from infancy to late dulthood. They are mainly i black and white but there are also some colour ones. I am pleased with what I have seen of this book but haven't read it, because it is a birthday present for my brother (18 Dec). I ordered this book from Amazon after having heard Sr John on the radio talking about his early, theatrical life. We come from a theatrical family. Diana Godden
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