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A Fortunate Life

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The Autobiography of Paddy Ashdown

by Paddy Ashdown
Publication Date: 29/07/2016
3/5 Rating 1 Reviews
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Paddy Ashdown's autobiography was hailed as one of the most readable and exciting political life stories ever written of all precisely because it was so very much more. This is the autobiography of an old-fashioned Man of Action, an adventurer, to be compared more readily to Fitzroy Maclean than David Steel. Ashdown's years as MP for Yeovil and leader of the Liberal Democrats pale alongside his time as a Royal Marine Commando, in the Special Boat squadron, as a spy, on military service in Northern Ireland and Indonesia, and then subsequently perhaps his finest and most heroic role, as the UN's High representative in war-torn Bosnia. As one reviewer remarked: This must be the first political memoir to offer advice on the best way to execute a jungle ambush and on how to treat an open wound using red ants.. Ashdown's appeal which explains this books's hardback bestseller status is that he transcends party political allegiances, and is seen as a genuinely honest and decent man unafraid to take on the hardest challenges.
Autobiography: historical
Publication Date:
Aurum Press
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
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Paddy Ashdown

After service as a Royal Marine Commando Officer and a commander of a Special Boat Service unit in the Far East, Paddy Ashdown served as a diplomat in the Foreign Office before, in due course, being elected as the Member of Parliament for Yeovil, serving in that capacity from 1983 to 2001.

In 1988 he became leader of the Liberal Democrats, standing aside after eleven years of leading his Party. Later he was appointed as the international community’s High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, serving from 2002 to 2006.

He is the author of many books, including A Brilliant Little Operation which won the British Army Military History prize for 2013.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating

3 / 5 (1 Ratings)
  • Mostly ok

    by on

    A worldly chap, intelligent, caring, very organized story, his political life got a little boring (for me anyway)
    Well worth reading.