You Can't Say That by Ken Livingstone

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A frank, gripping and moving - and controversial - autobiography from one of the most idiosyncratic and effective politicians of the last fifty years. His political convictions, his distance from New Labour, and his direct, plain-speaking style and personality have allowed him to survive longer than any of his contemporaries as a man of principle and influence.

From his eccentric South London working class childhood to running one of the biggest cities in the world, Livingstone is one of the very few politicians to have scored a major victory over the Thatcher Government and has championed issues as diverse as the environment, gay rights and anti-racism.

Written in Livingstone's unmistakable voice, by turns angrily sincere about social justice, wickedly droll and gossipy, and surprisingly wistful about people he has known and loved, this is a hugely important and remarkable book from one of the very few respected politicians at work today.


About Ken Livingstone

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Sam Lubell is the Los Angeles correspondent for the "Architect's Newspaper" and has written for "Architectural Record," the "New York Times," "New York Magazine," the "Los Angeles Times," and elsewhere. He is also the author of "Paris 2000+: New Architecture," Ken Livingstone, mayor of London and a former member of Parliament, is committed to a progressive urban plan for the city's infrastructure and environment. The author lives in Los Angeles.
Published October 24, 2011 by Faber & Faber Non Fiction. 725 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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Then he says, "If somebody had said to me all this will go away if you just say sorry to Oliver Finegold, I would have said sorry to Oliver Finegold."

Oct 21 2011 | Read Full Review of You Can't Say That: Memoirs

The Independent

He championed that monstrous protuberance when as Mayor he turned cheerleader for speculative skyscrapers, and the billionaire developer's best friend – another strike in favour of the Johnson thesis about London's elite competitors.

Nov 18 2011 | Read Full Review of You Can't Say That: Memoirs

The Independent

Livingstone admits to both hard graft and fear – he trembled so much during his first political speech he had to lean against a wall – whereas Johnson's aim is to dress up his success as effortless.

Nov 06 2011 | Read Full Review of You Can't Say That: Memoirs

The Telegraph

Far from saying the unsayable, Ken has always been .

Nov 25 2011 | Read Full Review of You Can't Say That: Memoirs

London Evening Standard

But Livingstone's years of oppositionism had created a mindset that was hard to break out of, even as Mayor: in 2008 especially, he came across as bitter and inflexible rather than as above politics.

Oct 27 2011 | Read Full Review of You Can't Say That: Memoirs

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