The Third Man: Life at the Heart of New Labour

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9780007395293: The Third Man: Life at the Heart of New Labour

The revelatory memoir of one of New Labor’s three founding architects is devoted to the "soap opera" years of Labor government and the breakdown of relationships between Mandelson, Tony Blair, and Gordon Brown Drawing heavily on detailed diary notes he took during the events that shaped the British government for more than 25 years, Peter Mandelson tells his story of a life played out in the backrooms and on the frontlines of the Labor Party during its unprecedented three terms in government in this mixture of autobiography, personal reflection, and political history. He began writing the book while serving as European Commissioner and completed it since leaving office in May 2010. His revelations include that the relationship between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown became so hostile that Blair described his chancellor as "mad, bad, dangerous, and beyond redemption" and likened Brown's behavior to that of a "mafioso" in his dealings with him. Much has been written about Mandelson as the person at the heart of the New Labor project, but here is the unvarnished truth from the man himself.

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Peter Mandelson was forced to resign from cabinet twice in three years and has cut a divisive figure through British politics. He was a highly regarded European Commissioner before being brought back into British politics by Gordon Brown in 2008 to serve as Secretary of State for Business, Innovation, and Skills and as First Secretary.

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‘Gossip, intrigue and scandal...a truthful and witty account’ New Statesman

‘Informative, clear and containing refreshing doses of self-knowledge, occasional regret and thoughtfulness’ Andrew Marr

‘Shines a brutal light on the conflicts at the heart of Labour’s leadership’ Guardian

‘Mandelson has added heavily to the sum total of political knowledge' The Times

‘A revealing and important book by a more winning individual than I had expected to encounter’ Matthew Parris

‘A very good book...Fluently written and substantial, this is a serious book by a serious man’ Sunday Telegraph

‘A compelling account of the New Labour years. Revealing and subtle...The book should be read by anyone remotely interested in politics’ Independent

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