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A big disappointment - superficial, dishonest and boring,
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This review is from: The Third Man (Hardcover)
After all the hype I expected a lot more. This is 566 pages widely spaced and large type of Mandelson telling you how excellent he is and how excellent Tony Blair is. A lot of it reads as bad advertising copy because it lacks credibility and lacks any semblance of objectivity. His glorious self assessment does not extend to Gordon Brown. This is amusing, but also reflects very badly on Mandelson. If this is really what he thought about Brown, he had absolutely no moral right to help keep all these defects secret and try to get the man re-elected for another 5 years.
The best bit which I found hilarious is the dedication that starts:
"To my parents, Mary and Tony, who gave me my values ..."
What an insult to them! However, it is all down hill from there. The book is subtitled on the cover with 'Life at the heart of new Labour' but a lot of the book tells the very tedious and wooden story of his childhood in Hampstead Garden Suburb. Does he imagine readers would be interested in the badly told minutia of his childhood or is he just filling pages to make the book appear thicker? He boasts about living in Bigwood which is one of the nicer streets in the very pleasant HGS.
I think reading "The End of the Party" by Andrew Rawnsley is a far better use of your time and Rawnsley knows how to write and keep the reader engaged. A skill that eludes Mandelson completely.
Reading this book it is clear that PM wants you to think has an extremely high opinion of his own ability. My thought was that if one of the leading lights of New Labour is this untalented and flawed imagine how bad the rest of them were.
In summary: Badly written self serving tripe.
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Initial post: 27 Aug 2010 12:57:45 BDT
I. Young says:
Most biographies you know what they are going to be like by the authour. My thoughts on this book are articulated very well by your review. A political biography should give some insight into government or set out the writers political and philosophical views about life after a long considered career. I suspect this book does neither and is probably nearer to Alan Tichmarsch than the Benn Diaries.
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