- Title: A Fortunate Life
- Author: Paddy Ashdown
- ISBN: 9781845134198
- Page: 194
- Format: Hardcover
No other British political leader of the postwar generation has led a life as varied, adventurous, and dramatic as Paddy Ashdown He has been an officer in the Royal Marine Commandos, a diplomat, an MP and leader of his party, and an international peacemaker in war torn Bosnia In this sprawling autobiography that addresses his years in politics, he writes with authority aNo other British political leader of the postwar generation has led a life as varied, adventurous, and dramatic as Paddy Ashdown He has been an officer in the Royal Marine Commandos, a diplomat, an MP and leader of his party, and an international peacemaker in war torn Bosnia In this sprawling autobiography that addresses his years in politics, he writes with authority about topics as diverse as tracking down infiltrating Indonesian forces in the jungles of Sarawak landing a raiding party from a submerged submarine the difficulties of learning Chinese negotiating with Tony Blair and bringing stability to a country wracked by civil war While deadly serious when discussing his family, his country, his party, and the Bosnian people, Ashdown also has a refreshing gift for self deprecating wit and has wealth of anecdotes This is the self portrait of a man who has lived life to the fullest for the benefit of a nation.
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I picked up a copy of Paddy Ashdown’s ‘A fortunate life’ with one question in mind: what motivated someone with considerable talents to delve into politics by joining the UK Liberal Party*? When Ashdown became active in the party in 1976 the Liberals were long past their heyday of being Britain’s natural party of government. The party had only 7 seats in the 650 seat House of Commons. Of these 7, there were bitter feuds and tensions. Hardly a wise place to start for the ambitious, but th [...]
Paddy Ashdown is one of the people I most admire in politics; I voted for him as Lib Dem leader, was a candidate and election agent for the party in Cambridge in 1990 and 1991, and then was the head of the local branch of the Lib Dems in Northern Ireland for several years (a position in no way incompatible with my Alliance Party activities). A few years later I found myself running the major source of informed but critical commentary on his tenure as High Representative in Bosnia. So I felt that [...]
I can recommend this book to my overseas friends, as well as British, because we all could do with politicians with a background like his.He served his country as a Marine, suffered periods of unemployment so knows how it feels to be broke. The work he did in the Bosnia area was truly wonderful. The appendix of the book is well worth reading even if you are a reader who doesn't care a jot for the biographies of politicians! It is his appraisal of the situation in Afghanistan in December 2007 whi [...]
Funny, moving, compelling and beautifully written.
I enjoyed this biography. Paddy has had a very interesting life.
This was such a wonderful read, written by one of the most influential politicians of his era. A must read by anyone with even a passing interest in modern politics.
very good. as the title says he has certainly lead a very fortunate life
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