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The Last Governor: Chris Patten and the Handover of Hong Kong Paperback – 1 Apr 1998

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  • Paperback: 550 pages
  • Publisher: Little Brown & Co (P) (April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316185833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316185837
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 13.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,534,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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a highly important contribution to the historical record which tells how one man, doggedly and sometimes bloody-mindedly, did his best to help and, insofar as it was possible, to save the people of Hong Kong (DAILY TELEGRAPH)

well-written, never boring, and a significant contribution to the history of Hong Kong (IRISH TIMES)

a useful contribution to history. (ASIAN AFFAIRS)

Dimbleby's account is naturally sympathetic to his subject but is nevertheless well-written, never boring, and a significant contribution to the history of Hong Kong. (IRISH TIMES) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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* Major number 1 bestseller.

* Includes new Foreword commenting on the political furore the book has provoked.

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I found this very insightful with a lot of background knowledge on the business community of HK going back a bit. It did get complicated & complex because it did cover more than just the Handover. Like El Alamein a very professional book - not so personal as Chris Patten's East & West. I spoke to Jonathan Dimbleby whilst he was writing this (I was working at Simon & Schuster). Now having read his book, my sincere opinion is, & I've only met Chris Patten very briefly, is that he was the perfect & only choice to negotiate the Handover of Hong Kong & we have a lot to thank him for.
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I re-read this book after years and years. Its a brilliant insight into politics and the attempt to create a handover using the through train principle which is constantly being derailed or having new track laid.
Yes this book is largely patten-centric and the author does acknowledge that and also tries to accept that the Brits could have brought in Democracy in the 150 years that came before. We get reminders of how much Patten was missed by John Major , was he ? Patten treads a fine line and in trying to get a yes-yes solution invariably creates issues around expectations. A fascinating insight into how politics really works and I may now have to watch the Documentary that accompanied this book.
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The Last Governor: Chris Patten and the Handover of Hong Kong

Good book, well written and personal. Enjoyable read on a flight from Hong Kong to London.
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