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on 15 March 2017
An honest autobiography sounds like an oxymoron, but not in this case. There's no posturing or self justification, no apportioning of blame nor any attempt to seek sympathy. And in his level, straight talking way, he narrates what happened, the reasons for his actions and the beliefs that underpinned it all. Yet in so doing, he opens up the appalling behaviour of others in, the media and, damningly, in his own party. Greatly underrated and mis-represented while in office, his achievements with the economy, Europe and Northern Ireland will in time be fully recognised for their magnitude, and the sheer tenacity and dedication of his approach will elevate his status. This book is a real eye opener and I'm really glad I read it.
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on 19 August 2014
One of the most honest, at times self-deprecating, political auto-biographies I have ever read. Genuinely interesting about the internal politics of the Tory party at that time, covered with real objectivity
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on 29 March 2017
I am half way through, this book gives a fascinating insight into politics and the role of one of our most underrated politicians.
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on 22 August 2014
Excellent read best Tory peace time prime minister
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on 31 August 2014
Fascinating view from the inside but only occassionally does the style really engage the reader.
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on 18 October 1999
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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on 4 September 2014
Most interesting and easy to read.
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on 7 February 2015
Great book.
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on 27 February 2015
The copy is okay but like all old books not 100% clean.
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on 21 March 2015
Quite good, but somewhat egocentric
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