The Third Man: Life at the Heart of New Labour

The Third Man: Life at the Heart of New Labour

by Peter Mandelson

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The number one bestselling memoir of one of New Labour’s three founding architects, now with a revealing new chapter updating this e-book edition.Peter Mandelson is one of the most influential politicians of modern times. ‘The Third Man’ is his story – of a life played out in the backroom and then on the frontline of the Labour Party during its unprecedented three terms in government.Much of the book is devoted to the defining political relationships of Peter Mandelson’s life – with Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. Charting what he terms the ‘soap-opera’ years of the Labour government, his book continues to ruffle feathers with an updated preface bringing the story up to the tempestuous present.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780007395316
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/15/2010
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 929,017
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

At the age of thirty-two Peter Mandelson became Labour’s Director of Campaigns and Communications, and was elected as MP for Hartlepool in 1992, serving in government as Minister without Portfolio, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, and Lord President of the Council. He remains in Parliament as a member of the House of Lords.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgements xiii

Introduction xvii

1 'Can You Help Me"' 1

2 Born into Labour 40

3 A Brilliant Defeat 73

4 The Three Musketeers 116

5 An Impossible Choice 158

6 Being Peter 214

7 Being Fired 268

8 Fighting, Not Quitting 316

9 Back in the Shadows 366

10 Trading Places 392

11 Comeback Kid 439

12 The End of New Labour" 487

Epilogue 559

Index 567

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‘Gossip, intrigue and scandal…a truthful and witty account’ New Statesman‘Informative, clear and containing refreshing doses of self-knowledge, occasional regret and thoughtfulness’ Andrew Marr‘Shines a brutal light on the conflicts at the heart of Labour’s leadership’ Guardian‘Mandelson has added heavily to the sum total of political knowledge' The Times‘A revealing and important book by a more winning individual than I had expected to encounter’ Matthew Parris‘A very good book…Fluently written and substantial, this is a serious book by a serious man’ Sunday Telegraph‘A compelling account of the New Labour years. Revealing and subtle…The book should be read by anyone remotely interested in politics’ Independent

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Third Man: Life at the Heart of New Labour 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
bennyb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An interesting read into the rise and fall of 'New Labour'. You also get an insight into why the Labour Party lost four consecutive general elections prior to 1997. Worth a read if you like politics.
the.ken.petersen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book has, perhaps inevitably, drawn heavy criticism. Peter Mandelson is a facilitator, he does not make himself popular in all quarters but, New Labour would have been far the less without his presence.I have no way of knowing if the story of Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Peter Mandelson, as told here, is more, or less true than that portrayed in biographies of the other two. What I do know, is that this book explains a lot of details that do not quite sit correctly in other biographies.Gordon Brown is an exceedingly intelligent, quick witted man: how did the brilliant chancellor make such a mess of being PM? Why did the decisive MP dither when, as PM, he had the opportunity to go to the country with a real chance of winning? This book offers an explanation for these, and many other events - even giving a different insight into the 'Gillian Duffy' saga.Being honest about oneself is always difficult but Mandelson makes a good stab at it. He is not always right and there is less of the amazing 20-20 vision of the future than is to be found in most political biographies. Whatever the press and even public opinion might make of Peter Mandelson, he will always be one of my heroes - along with Neil Kinnock and Tony Blair. They turned an out-dated Labour Party into a modern grouping that will return to shape the future of this country.
YossarianXeno on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The trials and tribulations of life inside New Labour are now so well known now, particularly after the Campbell diaries and the recent Rawnsley book, that you'd think there isn't much more to say. The truth is, there isn't; but Mandelson, from his unique position of being a part of the triumvirate that built New Labour offers detailed insights into the relationship between Blair and Brown; the truth is, it seems to have been far worse, for far longer, than anyone on the outside realised at the time. A harsh critic would say Mandelson's account is tinged with arrogance, but in reality he was at the very heart of the events he describes and it comes over as a genuine account of New Labour from his perspective. He isn't afraid to be self-critical, and the occasional flashes of humour make this well worth reading. But, if you've recently read any of the other recent books on New Labour, perhaps leave a little time before embarking on this if you wish to avoid feeling like you've heard much of it before.
gbsallery on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fascinating book. Curiously elliptical in places, it nevertheless paints a compelling picture of the politics and relationships at the heart of the New Labour machine. Perhaps less than honest when reflecting on some of the events immediately surrounding himself, and also less convincing in the final chapters during his improbable third return to office, on the whole the book rings true - if carefully worded in places. Highly recommended to anyone who was influenced or affected by Labour's 13 years in power...