The number one bestselling memoir of one of New Labour’s three founding architects, now with a revealing new chapter updating this paperback edition.
Peter Mandelson is one of the most influential politicians of modern times. The Third Man is his story – of a life played out in the backroom and then on the frontline of the Labour Party during its unprecedented three terms in government.
Much of the book is devoted to the defining political relationships of Peter Mandelson’s life – with Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. Charting what he terms the ‘soap-opera’ years of the Labour government, his book continues to ruffle feathers with an updated preface bringing the story up to the tempestuous present.
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Drawing heavily on detailed diary notes he took during the events that shaped the British government for more than 25 years, Peter Mandelson tells his story of a life played out in the backrooms and on the frontlines of the Labor Party during its unprecedented three terms in government in this mixture of autobiography, personal reflection, and political history. He began writing the book while serving as European Commissioner and completed it since leaving office in May 2010. His revelations include that the relationship between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown became so hostile that Blair described his chancellor as "mad, bad, dangerous, and beyond redemption" and likened Brown's behavior to that of a "mafioso" in his dealings with him. Much has been written about Mandelson as the person at the heart of the New Labor project, but here is the unvarnished truth from the man himself.About the Author:
Peter Mandelson was born in London in 1953 and educated at Hendon County Grammar School and Oxford University. At the age of thirty-two he became Labour’s Director of Campaigns and Communications, and he was elected as MP for Hartlepool in 1992. During Tony Blair’s premiership he was Minister without Portfolio, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. He stood down as an MP in 2004 to become EU Trade Commissioner, before returning to the government under Gordon Brown as Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, First Secretary of State, and Lord President of the Council. He remains in Parliament as a member of the House of Lords.
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