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A humbling experience,
This review is from: Pride and Perjury: An Autobiography (Paperback)
Whether or not you believe that all politicians are corrupt and it is the public duty of the press to expose them, you will find it hard to stomache some of the activities of the great british press written about here. Think about the intensity of hatred it would take to bring about the holocaust, the massacre in Rwanda or a racist murder on our streets. Then transfer this hatred into the heart of a newspaper editor with the power to bring down any human being who arouses his animosity. That is basically the story of this book. What does that say about our society? Yet Jonathan Aitken writes with dignity and humour, sharing his journey of growing self-awareness. He eventually accepts that: 'Pride was the root of all my evils. Without pride there would have been no libel action; no attempt to defend the Ritz bill payment with a lie; no will to win the battle in court on an ends-justifies-the-means basis.' Yet this is also the story of a man who apparently loses everything, yet seems to find something elso more precious; deeper friendships and relationships with his family, inner peace through a growing awareness of God and, amazingly, the ability to forgive his enemies. Don't miss it.