Not Quite the Diplomat: Home Truths about World Affairs

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Allen Lane, 2005 - 323 páginas

Not Quite the Diplomatdescribes what has been happening in Britain, Europe and the world since 1997 from the perspective of one at the heart of international events. In examining how we got to where we are, he writes frankly about many of the major players and what happened behind closed doors; his sketches of world leaders - including Chirac, Putin, Kohl and Blair ('a man who has convictions to which he holds strongly - while he holds them') and of key moments done with the brush of a master portraitist. In arguing about where we should be, he writes with the directness of a man freed at last from the bonds of diplomatic restraint.

No recent book by a politician of any political persuasion has been so engaging, so outspoken - and often so funny. If Chris Patten is no longer the diplomat, it is the readers of this book who are the beneficiaries.

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5182. Not Quite the Diplomat Home Truths about World Affairs, by Chris Patten (read 21 Jul 2014) This book was written in 2004 and 2005 and deals with world affairs of that era--dominated by the war ... Leer comentario completo

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This book was written in 2004 and 2005 and deals with world affairs of that era--dominated by the war in Iraq, which Patten cogently deplores. I knew Patten was the last British Governor of Hong Kong ... Leer comentario completo

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Now We are Sixty I
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Not Tuppence for the Rest
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National Sovereignty and the Descent of Conservatism
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Chris Patten is currently Co-Chair of the International Crisis Group and of the Anglo-Indian Round Table, and is Chancellor of Oxford and Newcastle universities. As a British MP from 1979 to 1992 he served as Minister for Overseas Development, Secretary of State for the Environment and Chairman of the Conservative Party, being described afterwards as 'the best Tory Prime Minister we never had' (Observer). In 1998-9 he chaired the Independent Commission for Policing in Northern Ireland, and from 1999 to 2004 he was European Commissioner for External Relations. He is probably best known for being the last Governor of Hong Kong (1992-7), about which he wrote in East and West (1998). Both that and his most recent book, Not Quite the Diplomat- Home Truths about World Affairs (2005), were No. 1 international bestsellers. He was made a Companion of Honour in 1998 and a life peer in 2005.

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