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Statesman or Sycophant?,
This review is from: DC Confidential (Hardcover)
Provides one man's experience of life in Washington, through a period of great turmoil and globally changing events.
Whilst it was enjoyable and sometimes eye-opening reading the memoirs of a very important British player in Washington, I couldn't get past the more-than-a-hint-of sugar coating and, dare I say it, occasional sycophancy.
I guess I was hoping that Chris would strip off his career-requisite ambassadorial modus operandi slightly and provide a less "everyone was amazing" account.
His political leanings are pretty clear (he doesn't try to hide them either), so if you're not of a similar bent you'll need to accept that his lens is different from yours.
Whilst it's not a riveting read, it is sometimes an interesting one - however, disappointingly, I can't help but think that this book is less of an objective and poignant story than a tool to position himself for future opportunities...
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Initial post: 21 Dec 2012 11:30:40 GMT
Honrus Publicus says:
"a very important British player in Washington."
Bush's memoir, Decision Points, never mentions Meyer. The author, despite his assertions, probably made little difference; he was just another spanner in the workshop. The real power lay in people like Cheney, Rumsfeld, Campbell and Mandelson.
Meyer calls Mandelson an "odd-job man". John Smith, quoted in
Mandy: Unauthorised Biography of Peter Mandelson said (of Mandelson), "[H]e was so devious he would one day disappear up his own something or other."
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