Diaries:In Power 1983-1992

Diaries:In Power 1983-1992 Alan Clark
  • Title: Diaries:In Power 1983-1992
  • Author: Alan Clark
  • ISBN: 9781857991420
  • Page: 319
  • Format: Paperback
  • Diaries:In Power 1983-1992 Alan Clark Diaries In Power The first volume of Alan Clark s diaries covering two Parliaments during which he served under Margaret Thatcher until her ousting in a coup which Clark observed closely from the inside and then unde
    The first volume of Alan Clark s diaries, covering two Parliaments during which he served under Margaret Thatcher until her ousting in a coup which Clark observed closely from the inside and then under John Major, constitute the most outspoken and revealing account of British political life ever written Cabinet colleagues, royalty, ambassadors, civil servants and foreThe first volume of Alan Clark s diaries, covering two Parliaments during which he served under Margaret Thatcher until her ousting in a coup which Clark observed closely from the inside and then under John Major, constitute the most outspoken and revealing account of British political life ever written Cabinet colleagues, royalty, ambassadors, civil servants and foreign dignitaries are all subjected to Clark s vivid and often wittily acerbic pen, as he candidly records the daily struggle for ascendancy within the corridors of power.
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    1. Alan Clark was an English Conservative MP, historian and diarist.Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information.


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    1. I wanted to read a political autobiography for a change, and last year I settled on the well received Alan Clark Diaries These are not memoirs They are exactly what he recorded in his diaries from 1983 to 1991 I think that is why I only read them in chunks Every couple of months I would read another year s worth They start with the Conservative s sweeping election victory of June 1983 Clark had been an MP since 1974 and was rewarded that month with his first ministerial post in Margaret Thatcher [...]

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    2. The famous Alan Clark diaries In a word, disappointing It s not just that Clark is a jerk, it s also because Clark is never at the heart of things He is the frustrated middle manager believing that he has talent than others think close to the action but not close enough to influence anything His attitude grates This is a man who in politics for personal power and the because people who do not buy their own furniture should rule rule not server His constituents and the general electorate are tre [...]

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    3. Alan Clark upholds a rich tradition of British journal writing, incorporating the bawdiness of Boswell with humorous contemporary observations of life in the Thatcher administration Despite his roguish behaviour and what might today be regarded as political incorrectness, he comes across as boyishly loveable He made friends across the political spectrum, key criteria being their entertainment value and ability to engage intellectually as much as their political views He was also an accomplished [...]

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    4. Alan Clark was a fairy right wing Conservative who was clever, and could have achieved a great deal in politics had he not liked life in general, and the ladies in particular, so much The result was that while he did manage to become a junior minister,he didn t rise as high up the party as he could have done which probably didn t bother him if I m honest.This collection of his diary entries shows us what happened in the Conservative Party and his private life during the 1980s when the Conservati [...]

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    5. I read the majority of this book over the last few days during a spell in hospital Inevitably a time of reflection While I don t share Clark s political values and beliefs, at the same time I empathised with the inner thoughts expressed in his diary the disappointment of ambition and expectation, the fears of illness and ageing, the problematic nature of maintaining relationships in a charged political environment.The diary covers a particularly turbulent time in UK politics with a heavy focus o [...]

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    6. This is a fun little book with a surprisingly frank, unquestionably unreliable narrator.It follows a junior minister in the 1980s British government over most of the decade.If one wants to know the cut and thrust of day to day politics in the Tacther government, I feel like house of cards might suit you better, as fictional and sensationalist as it is.Wonderfully literary and worthy of its note Read if you are curious about the book, maybe not good for others.

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    7. I read this book yonks ago, probably circa 1995 An excellent read, really made me chuckle, his comments on urinating out of his office window onto passers by really impressed me As for the politics he really was a Libertarian, not just the mainstream media tag of extreme right winger No wonder he pops up favourably in Tony Benn s diaries.

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    8. Very entertaining Why can t politicians be this way now I remember that I read this at the end of summer 2004, having just returned from China The reason that I remember the date is that I actually briefly began writing a diary myself after reading this I m very fickle , and wrote at least one entry about the US presidential race in Autumn 2004 So, there you go

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    9. I am not a conservative and most definitely not a Tory, yet Clark was just to the right of Atilla the Hun, so why do I like it Clark has the ability to bring one to either shrieks of mirth or silent weeping in a few stark words, as well as providing the most salient example of political writing to come out of the House of Commons Can good prose be written by reactionaries I guess it can

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    10. I have never voted Tory in my life but I remember someone levaing this behind in one of the places I lived at some point and I read it.It really was very entertaining and I enjoyed it despite some of the commentary and unPC views and for the humour and wit.

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    11. Thoroughly enjoyed reading the book it put a lot of the main events of my childhood into a slightly different context found I had to re read a lot about the events of the 1970s to 1990s to get the most out of the book but a great read.

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    12. Hamlet said it best, I think What a piece of work is a man Mr Clark was certainly a piece of work.At turns entertaining, insightful and always caddishly honest will be a delight to any devotee of late last century British politics.

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    13. All of Clark s diaries are compulsively addictive reading He was outrageously politically incorrect and all the hilarious for being so.

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    14. As Clark says they ARE real diaries Intriguing account of how someone incredibly rich views British politics, women and the world.

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    15. Anybody who finds Margaret Thatchers ankles desirable and admits it gets an automatic 4 stars from me Apart from that it s a good honest read.

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    16. Not a fan of the Conservatives, but this is a great book none the less.

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    17. Surprisingly honest account from a literate, knowledgeable, intelligent and charismatic bounder.

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    18. Alan Clark stood for pretty much everything I hated, but he got up to some truly extraordinary stuff and his memoirs are brilliant to read.

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    19. Fascinating insight into Tory politics in the 80s This is an honest account and shows the arrogance and self interest of an entitled MP

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    20. A fascinating glimpse behind the curtain of the Thatcher years Clarke writes in a witty, engaging style I found myself liking him by the end of the book.

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    21. Thoroughly boorish and obnoxious man but a lovable cad Fascinating as are all the other volumes.

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    22. Very good and funny political memoirs Good insight into the Thatcher years He is intelligent and a charmer

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