History is written by the winners. It's the survivors - the faithful servants, the insiders, the ones who stick around, who can adapt to almost any condition - who get to write the official histories. They publish the memoirs, park in the directors' spots, erect the statues, form the new governments, wipe out the pockets of resistance, recruit the new starters, set the agendas, talk on the documentaries and retrospectives. Yet theirs - the official version - is never the whole story. There's another side that we only glimpse through the cracks. The quitter's tale offers a far more compelling, and often a more honest version of history. It's full of self-deception, bloody knives, betrayal, honour, disgrace, disgust,thwarted ambition and shattered hopes, and sometimes a wicked sting in the tail...it includes letters from these famous resigners: richard nixon,steve jobs, che guevara, wyatt earp, geoffrey howe, richard peppiatt, mikhail bulgakov, george orwell, roy edward disney (walt's heir),king edward viii, groucho marx, john profumo, ruud gullit, all the enron resignation letters, dave lee travis, andrew mitchell, roy keane,giles coren and charlie sheen.
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Matt Potter is an author, journalist, broadcaster and editor whose work has taken him from Sony awards and the BBC to the Daily Telegraph, and from Afghanistan to the stage of Madison Square Garden. His 2011 book Outlaws Inc has been published in 4 different languages and more than 17 countries, and won praise from places as diverse as The Literary Review, BBC5Live, the Washington Post, Bizarre magazine and Fox News. He has also written numerous books for the BBC. For almost two decades, he has ghostwritten for world leaders, Hollywood actors, CEOs and rock stars.Since 1987, he has also written parting shots on demand - as far as he knows, he is the world's only resignation ventriloquist. This book is the fruit of a professional journey and a private obsession.Review:
[The resignation letters] have a compelling intensity, overlooked until Matt Potter spotted the human drama in even the most understated examples * The Glasgow Herald * A marvellous idea ... Matt Potter has collected some real beauties * Independent * Celebrates the art of the elegant - or explosive - resignation * The Week * The sort of book that makes you think, long after you've put it down -- Reverend Richard Coles, BBC Saturday Live A cracking read * Daily Politics * A fascinating and profound look at how quitters shape history * The Current * Will leave you slightly applauding or, maybe, looking to the door yourself * Metro * Just magnificent - an alternate history of our time * Monocle * Will make you want to quit your job immediately * Buzzfeed * A hilarious history of the resignation letter... Potter examines our fascination with parting shots * Telegraph *
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