Last Man Standing by Jack Straw
Memoirs of a Political Survivor

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This book will stand the test of time. Straw's account of Labour's journeys in and out of power over nearly five decades is a must for serious students of government and politics.
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As a small boy in Epping Forest, Jack Straw could never have imagined that one day he would become Britain's Lord Chancellor. As one of five children of divorced parents, he was bright enough to get a scholarship to a direct-grant school, but spent his holidays as a plumbers' mate for his uncles to bring in some much-needed extra income. Yet he spent 13 years and 11 days in government, including long and influential spells as Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary. This is the story of how he got there. His memoirs offer a unique insight into the complex, sometimes self-serving but always fascinating world of British politics and reveals the toll that high office takes, but , more importantly, the enormous satisfaction and extraordinary privilege of serving both your constituents and your country.

Straw’s has been a very public life, but he reveals the private face, too and offers readers a vivid and authoritative insight into the Blair/Brown era and, indeed, the last forty years of British politics.

 

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Jack Straw was born in Buckhurst Hill in 1946. Brought up in Loughton, he studied law at Leeds University and practiced criminal law before becoming an MP in 1971. He served as Home Secretary, Foreign Secretary and Leader of the House of Commons during Tony Blair's premiership and Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor under Gordon Brown. Married with two children, he lives in London and his Blackburn constituency.
 
Published September 27, 2012 by Macmillan. 592 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, War, History, Travel. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Peter Hain on Oct 13 2012

This book will stand the test of time. Straw's account of Labour's journeys in and out of power over nearly five decades is a must for serious students of government and politics.

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Reviewed by Peter Wilby on Oct 02 2012

These memoirs are better written than most. There is ample gossip and genuinely funny stories...

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