My Life in Politics

My Life in Politics

Book - 2012
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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 memoir, Chirac looks back at his 50 years in politics, giving us both an intimate window onto the challenges of leadership and a broad reference for much of our recent history. A protégé of both Charles de Gaulle and Georges Pompidou, Chirac was at the center of some of the twentieth century's most significant events, 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 Union. He discusses his relationship with Saddam Hussein and other Arab leaders and takes us through his toughest challenge--standing up to George W. Bush in the run-up to the Iraq War. 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, My Life in Politics shows us global politics from an original viewpoint.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 344 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780230340886
Branch Call Number: 944.08411 Chi


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ChristchurchLib Mar 19, 2013

"A personal account by the iconic two-time president of France traces his half-century political career. It includes coverage of his efforts to maintain stability during the 1968 riots in Paris, the controversial decision to sell Iraq its first nuclear reactor and his role in establishing the European Union." March 2013 Biography and Memoir newsletter

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