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5.0 out of 5 stars Revealing - and honest - and entertaining, 18 Oct 1999
This review is from: John Major The Autobiography (Hardcover)
This is the most recent of the many autobiographies and memoirs to come out of the pens of the Thatcher government - and by far the most interesting. Unlike the others, the author does not seem to have fallen into the trap of rewriting history to make us think that the author was right all along, and that everyone else was wrong - Mr Major signs up for the blame when he believes he was as fault, and is very modest in taking the credit for some of his (unfortunately not publicised at the time) successes. The result is refreshing - recent history with the unmistakeable whiff of truth.
I'd recommend this to anyone with an interest in British political history, or indeed to anyone who wants to read a good autobiography. Mr Major's style is light, often revealing and frank, and only rarely plodding. In many cases, you can almost hear him saying what he has written!
Mr Major comes across as a man who made the best of several pretty miserable hands of cards that were dealt him - from his early life, through to the trials of running a fractious party with a slim majority. The fact that he does this with fortitude and conviction speaks volumes for the man.
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