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A Fortunate Life: The Autobiography of Paddy Ashdown

Paddy Ashdown

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ISBN : 9781845135225
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400 pages
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No other British political leader of the postwar generation has led a life as varied, adventurous, and dramatic as Paddy Ashdown. He has been an officer in the Royal Marine Commandos, a diplomat, an MP and leader of his party, and an internationalMoreNo other British political leader of the postwar generation has led a life as varied, adventurous, and dramatic as Paddy Ashdown. He has been an officer in the Royal Marine Commandos, a diplomat, an MP and leader of his party, and an international peacemaker in war-torn Bosnia. In this sprawling autobiography that addresses his years in politics, he writes with authority about topics as diverse as tracking down infiltrating Indonesian forces in the jungles of Sarawak- landing a raiding party from a submerged submarine- the difficulties of learning Chinese- negotiating with Tony Blair- and bringing stability to a country wracked by civil war. While deadly serious when discussing his family, his country, his party, and the Bosnian people, Ashdown also has a refreshing gift for self-deprecating wit and has wealth of anecdotes. This is the self-portrait of a man who has lived life to the fullest for the benefit of a nation.