My Life in Politics (Paperback)
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My Life in Politics (Paperback)

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Paperback 368 Pages / Published: 05/09/2013
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Two-time president of France, mayor of Paris, and international politician, Jacques Chirac stands with Mikhail Gorbachev, Helmut Kohl, and Margaret Thatcher as one of the most iconic statesmen of the twentieth century. In this revealing and informative memoir, he looks back at his 50 years in politics and some of the twentieth century's most significant events. He discusses his relationship with Saddam Hussein and other Arab leaders, including serving as confidante to Yasser Arafat during the Camp David peace talks, as well as being France's point person in the early planning stages for the European Economic Union. And Chirac takes us through the toughest challenge that he faced as president - standing up to George W Bush in the run up to the Iraq War and then deciding to keep France's army out of the military conflict. As much a tour of the historic events that defined the twentieth century as an intelligent and philosophical meditation on the nature and purpose of power, Jacques Chirac gives us a revealing look at the political forces that shaped the world we live in today - as well as an inside look at a country that holds a perennial fascination for us.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781137278432
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 395 g
Dimensions: 224 x 145 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Blunt... [a] much anticipated memoir."-"The New York Times"

"Jacques Chirac is so alive in these memoirs - whether it's recounting meetings with the great figures of his time or sitting around a dinner table in conversation or fighting it out in the epic political battles of his career. This is a self portrait of a humanist concerned above all with justice, fighting extremism from any political quarter. In page after page, he offers a lucid view on life's big issues." - "Les Echos"

"What would the recent history of France be without Chirac?! It would be missing that jovial laughter, an expansive vision, which Chirac never stopped pointing at the world. It would be missing - I dare use the word - class. His memoirs prove that growing old needn't stop one from remaining young and relevant."-- "Le Point"

"When he speaks, the whole world listens! With his memoirs the former president steals the show even after leaving the presidential palace." -"Paris Match""

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"[Chirac] crafts tart, vivid critiques of people and policies, including extended attacks on Israeli policy toward the Palestinians and on Bush's rush into the Iraq War... revealing."--"Publishers Weekly"

"[A] candid memoir from France's former two-term president...Chirac offers American readers a close-up portrait of a truly old-school French politician...Citizenship, leadership and service combine in this memoir of a full political life."--"Kirkus Reviews"

"In this engaging autobiography, Chirac details a life not predestined for politics...His chapter on the Iraq war will be particularly compelling reading for Americans."--"Booklist"


"Jacques Chirac started his in 1950 on the streets of Paris, handing out copies of the communist daily and ended it in 2007 as president of the French Republic. True to his reputation, he comes across as likable, unpretentious, and intelligent."--"Foreign Affairs"

"A fascinating insight into a remarkable life....Even when we disagreed, I always had great respect for him and knew he was acting in what he considered were the best interests of France."--Tony Blair

"Blunt... [a] much anticipated memoir."-"The New York Times"

"Jacques Chirac is so alive in these memoirs - whether it's recounting meetings with the great figures of his time or sitting around a dinner table in conversation or fighting it out in the epic political battles of his career. This is a self portrait of a humanist concerned above all with justice, fighting extremism from any political quarter. In page after page, he offers a lucid view on life's big issues." - "Les Echos"

"What would the recent history of France be without Chirac?! It would be missing that jovial laughter, an expansive vision, which Chirac never stopped pointing at the world. It would be missing - I dare use the word - class. His memoirs prove that growing old needn't stop one from remaining young and relevant."-- "Le Point"

"When he speaks, the whole world listens! With his memoirs the former president steals the show even after leaving the presidential palace." -"Paris Match"

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"[Chirac] crafts tart, vivid critiques of people and policies, including extended attacks on Israeli policy toward the Palestinians and on Bush's rush into the Iraq War... revealing."--"Publishers Weekly"

"[A] candid memoir from France's former two-term president...Chirac offers American readers a close-up portrait of a truly old-school French politician...Citizenship, leadership and service combine in this memoir of a full political life."--"Kirkus Reviews"

"In this engaging autobiography, Chirac details a life not predes


"Jacques Chirac is so alive in these memoirs - whether it's recounting meetings with the great figures of his time or sitting around a dinner table in conversation or fighting it out in the epic political battles of his career. This is a self portrait of a humanist concerned above all with justice, fighting extremism from any political quarter. In page after page, he offers a lucid view on life's big issues." - "Les Echos
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"Jacques Chirac is so alive in these memoirs - whether it's recounting meetings with the great figures of his time or sitting around a dinner table in conversation or fighting it out in the epic political battles of his career. This is a self portrait of a humanist concerned above all with justice, fighting extremism from any political quarter. In page after page, he offers a lucid view on life's big issues." --Les Echos

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