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The Third Man Hardcover – 15 Jul 2010
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`A compelling account of the New Labour years...nearly every page is illuminating.' --Steve Richards, Independent
`He has written a good book...informative, clear and containing refreshing doses of self-knowledge, occasional regret and thoughtfulness.' --Andrew Marr, Financial Times
`A revealing and important book by a more winning individual than I had expected to encounter.' --Matthew Parris, Spectator
`The Third Man contains enough gossip, intrigue and scandal to keep the cognoscenti titillated...there are valuable nuggets scattered throughout.' --Peter Hain, New Statesman
`An utterly absorbing read, a rich and satisfying page-turner ...this is a vital book, and a pleasure to read.'
--John McTernan, Scotsman
`A very good book...fluently written and substantial, this is a serious book by a serious man.' --Matthew d'Ancona, Sunday Telegraph
`Mandelson has added heavily to the sum total of political knowledge...The Third Man is well-written, pacier in parts than others, particularly those where the author deals with the psychodrama of which he was an integral part...a significant contribution to our understanding of the Labour years.'
--Philip Webster, The Times
'Peter Mandelson's authentic voice lights up every mischievous sentence of a truthful and witty account.' --New Statesmen
'The fascinating part is his return to help save Gordon Brown's leadership.'
'A trenchant articulation of what New Labour was....if you want to understand what happened to Labour and why the Conservatives became irrelevant for a decade, this is a must-read.' --Evening Standard Books of the Year
'Riveting...they could have been written by Jackie Collins.'
--Daily Mail (Books of the Year)
About the Author
At the age of thirty-two Peter Mandelson became Labour’s Director of Campaigns and Communications, and was elected as MP for Hartlepool in 1992, serving in government as Minister without Portfolio, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, and Lord President of the Council. He remains in Parliament as a member of the House of Lords.
Top Customer Reviews
Of the two great protagonists in the "Third Man" allegedly Tony Blair is happy with Mandelson's portrayal. Yet it is far from sympathetic, indeed Blair is portrayed as a man bent on action but someone who was fundamentally weak when it came to dealing with Brown and his supporters.Read more ›
What a good decision this turned out to be. The account is very open, astonishingly so in places, and makes for an entertaining read, or should I say listen, as I actually had the audio CD version, which was if anything enhanced by Mandelson doing the reading.
As with any book, people need to read this and make up their own mind, but what really struck me about this was the sense that New Labour really never achieved what it promised due to the relationship between Blair/Brown, and I did sense genuine regret from Mandelson on this. Tony Blair actually comes across pretty well, but Gordon Brown comes across very poorly (if we are to believe this account and many others that support it). Mandelson provides strong evidence that for the first few years of power Mr Brown convinced himself he had been cheated out of the top job, which led to constant attempts to outmaneuver and undermine Blair, to the extent that it really did affect the success of New Labour.Read more ›
Ok - that is not what this book is about at all, but the self styled Dark Lord does manage to do the dirty on his former friends and blow the lid off the open secret about the breakdown and growing rivalry between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown during the New Labour years. Unsurprisingly, Tony Blair is reportedly livid at this expose, but perhaps moreso because the frank honesty here will dampen enthusiasm for his own political memoirs. Maybe Tony Blair is most annoyed that Mandelson beat him to it.
The book is well written, frank and attempts to be honest. It covers a whole lot more than the Tony/Gordon spats, starting earlier and ranging more widely. But it is also obviously (being a political memoir) heavily coloured by the experience and mind set of Peter Mandelson himself. The thrice disgraced politician styles himself as the Third Man in the New Labour marriage, and who can dispute that interpretation when Tony Blair and Gordon Brown felt it so important to keep landing him with plum jobs in Government at home and in Europe?
This book is self reflective too. Someone as politically astute as Peter Mandelson would be bound to write in a self effacing manner that ought to win over less cynical readers. More cynical ones might feel that he just wants to sell books and knows how not to annoy his readers.
But then it comes down to this: who buys these political memoirs? Who really cares?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting insights but mainly a self-justification of Mandelson's own actions in an attempt to rescue a failed or failing reputation. Read morePublished 1 month ago by david h kinnon
As the Labour Party once again faces years in the wilderness, this account of the creation of a more electable New Labour, and the three people at the centre of it, is more... Read morePublished 6 months ago by CASSINI24
It's written in a very strange first person journalese - like it was dictated - and there are some awful managerial aphorisms; "hit the ground running" a particularly... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Dan Smith
Great insight into what really happened - or is it? More questions but a good read.Published on 31 Jan. 2015 by R. Mountjoy
I found myself agreeing with everything he had to say - the power of the pen! Better than Blair's autobiography & I loved Lady Morrison's book on Mandelson's grandfather (Lady... Read morePublished on 3 Jan. 2015 by Lindsey Clare Gee-Turner
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