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Title:
The time of my life
Author:
Healey, Denis.
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Physical Description:
xiv, 606 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780393028751
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Book

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Healey, one of the leaders of Britain's Labor Party for more than 40 years and who only narrowly missed becoming Prime Minister, is a type of politician unfortunately rare on this side of the Atlantic. Born in humble circumstances, educated at Oxford, rising by ability and absorbing a profound knowledge of music, art and literature along the way (how many American politicians could open chapters in their books with relevant quotes from Yeats, Auden, Blake and Emily Dickinson?), he shows himself in these very expansive and often gripping memoirs as a man of great humor and compassion. Political testimonies do not automatically sell better in Britain than here, and the fact that this one sold very well indeed is tribute to Healey's frankness, knack for a good story and lucid accounts of many of today's major controversies: nuclear disarmament, East-West relations, dealings with the Third World, the creation of a humane society. In turn Foreign Secretary and Chancellor of the Exchequer, Healey has been near the center of power in Britain for much of the post-World War II era, and offers extraordinarily interesting observations on American leaders and policies of the period. It would be impossible to read his book without learning a great deal about the realities of contemporary politics--and acquiring an affection for a compelling personality. Photos. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Choice Review

Healey has been a leading figure in the British Labour party since the 1960s and has served in Labour governments as Defence Secretary and Chancellor of the Exchequer. This autobiography was a bestseller in Britain. It will find fewer readers in the US though it is an outstanding example of the genre. Healey's wide-ranging personal interests in the arts--poetry, opera, literature, painting, theater, photography--and his world-wide travels and acquaintances account for many lively anecdotes. American readers will respond to his comments on American politicians, political parties, and constitutional practices. His judgments regarding nuclear strategy and trends in the world economy must be respected. Healey anticipated something like what occurred in Europe during 1989 because of his admiration for Gorbachev and his understanding of the implications of his policies. Anyone interested in recent British politics will find the book fascinating. Unfortunately without footnotes or bibliography, this well-written and entertaining work nevertheless belongs in all libraries. -J. W. Auld, California State University, Dominguez Hills