For the Record (Hardback)David Cameron (author)
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Since his resignation in 2016, David Cameron has remained all-but silent on his time in office. In For the Record he finally breaks that silence.
As Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party, David Cameron oversaw an era-defining period of modern British politics. His six-year premiership, heralded by economic crisis, witnessed coalition, austerity, educational and social reform at home as well as the Arab Spring, the rise of ISIS and conflicts in Libya, Iraq and Syria on the global stage. His was a Britain joyfully united by the 2012 Olympic Games and bitterly polarised by the European referendum. Frank, personal and unflinching, For the Record provides David Cameron’s unique perspective on his time in politics and the country’s future in the light of Brexit. A major work of political biography, it promises to be a significant and controversial account of upheaval, power and leadership in our time.
In For the Record, Cameron explains how the governments he led transformed the UK economy while implementing a modern, compassionate agenda that included reforming education and welfare, legalising gay marriage, honouring the UK’s commitment to overseas aid and spearheading environmental policies. He will shed light on the seminal world events of his premiership – the Arab Spring; the rise of ISIS; the invasion of Ukraine; the conflicts in Libya, Iraq and Syria – as well as events at home, from the Olympic Games in 2012 to the Scottish referendum.
He will also provide, for the first time, his perspective on the EU referendum and his views on the future of Britain’s place in the world in the light of Brexit. Revealing the battles and achievements of his life and career in intimate and frank detail, For the Record will be an important assessment of the significant political events of the last decade, the nature of power and the role of leadership at a time of profound global change.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 752
Weight: 1170 g
Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 53 mm
'This memoir is everything you would expect: charming, smooth, fluently-written with some cracking anecdotes. The political memoir of the decade' - The Sunday Times
'I praise For the Record with genuine enthusiasm. It is tastily candid about his colleagues ... but also about his own mistakes' - Andrew Billen, The Times
'Arresting ... Cameron has always been an easy target. But on reading this book, I think it is impossible for any fair-minded observer to doubt that he was a fundamentally decent, well-intentioned man, who did his best to represent Britain on the world stage and left our nation's economy in a much better state than he found it.' - The Daily Mail
'A truly great political read ... As much a guide to our future as to our past ... Well written, well edited, pacey, the substance laced with anecdotes about life at the summit. Scores are settled too ... I've read a lot of political memoirs and this is one of the very best.' - George Osborne, Evening Standard
'Well-written and lucid ... His account of that tragedy [the death of his eldest son] is heart-breaking.' - The Telegraph
'His book displays all the sensitivity and communication skills he showed in office, and there is plenty of evidence of regret ... Much livelier than I feared, full of colour, gossipy asides and decent anecdotes ... The heavier policy stuff is also compelling, and revealing of the mountainous demands placed on Prime Ministers.' - i Newspaper
'By any reckoning, it's an important book ... There's a candour there that people will like.' - Alastair Campbell, BBC Radio 4
'A much better book than a lot of people are predicting. He writes with authenticity.' - Iain Dale, BBC Radio 4
'Worth the wait. It's super readable, super frank, full of indiscretions and lots of tasty gossip - all the makings of a great mainstream political book ... What really strikes me is the scale and depth of his regret and his fear not only for the position we're in now but for the future.' - Isabel Oakeshott, BBC Today programme
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