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5.0 out of 5 stars As good as all the reviews say
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Know what you're getting.
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Know what you're getting., 3 Nov 2010
This review is from: Alan Clark: A Life in his Own Words: The Complete Diaries 1972 - 1999 (Paperback)
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
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Michael (WILMSLOW, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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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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This review is from: Alan Clark: A Life in his Own Words: The Complete Diaries 1972 - 1999 (Paperback)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars An absorbing read, 10 April 2013
This review is from: Alan Clark: A Life in his Own Words: The Complete Diaries 1972 - 1999 (Paperback)
Alan Clark was a spoiled rich boy, who spent his whole life doing entirely what he wanted and getting away with it because of his (family's) wealth. In so many ways he was an unattractive character and not the sort of person that I would normally want to learn about and yet I found this autobiography absorbing.

AC was already a published author before the 'Diaries' and wrote well. His personal 'Diaries' were not written for public consumption (at least before publication of the first set in the mid '90s) and are a very frank account of his experiences in Parliament and are particularly interesting about the 'Thatcher years'. He pulled few punches when dealing with people he disliked and gives a fascinating account of all the wheeling and dealing between the M.P.s surrounding Mrs T.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Question, 3 Nov 2011
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P. J. Savory (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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The review on here is very confusing. Alan Clark's "complete" diaries have not been published. Ion Trewin produced three volumes of excerpts. My question though - is this Kindle version the full text of the three volumes, or a further reduce version i.e. excerpts only from the three volumes...
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