Riveting and candid memoir of life behind the scenes as US Ambassador and Prime Minister's Press Secretary - a Sunday Times bestseller
Christopher Meyer was Ambassador to the United States from 1997 to 2003, during which time he was an eyewitness to and participant in the events following 9/11 and the preparations for the Iraq war. Never before has there been such a riveting and candid memoir of life behind the diplomatic scenes. Meyer's is an honest account of what he saw, what he heard and how he felt.
The cast list of characters who feature here includes Margaret Thatcher, Bob Hope, the Clintons, Steven Spielberg, Condoleeza Rice, Alastair Campbell and Jack Straw. The book reveals close encounters with Tony Blair, Robin Cook and Peter Mandelson; KGB honey traps in Russia; a major row with Bill Clinton; inside stories on Number 10 and the Foreign Office; and of course life behind the scenes with Blair and George W. Bush. It was clear that the Prime Minister's office and not the Foreign Office would control relations with Washington, and Meyer shows in close up how he helped facilitate the 'special relationship'.
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About the Author
Christopher Meyer served as Ambassador to the United Kingdom to the United States from 1997 until 2003. He was a vital link in the important relationship between America and Britain, one of the closest periods since the Second World War. He had previously been British Ambassador to Germany and chief spokesman and press secretary for former Prime Minister John Major, and for Geoffrey Howe when he was Foreign Secretary. In 2003 Meyer was appointed Chairman of the Press Complaints Commission, a position he held until April 2009. He was knighted in 2001.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Well written and never boring, but also not quite as juicy as I had hoped. I read this as I was interested in an insiders view of the run up to the Iraq war - you do get that, but it is just a small part of the book. However the insight you get into the daily workings of the international political machine, with a smattering of nice little anecdotes makes this a worthwhile and captivating read.
I came across this book and was blown away to find not a single review because this book was excellent. I read it right when it was published after watching a near interrogation of Christopher Meyers on C-Span 3 at a UK government hearing. Well, I watched as Meyers rebutted the panel point-by-point and produced proof that his book had already cleared all legal checks and thus the gov't had no right to obstruct publication further and the book was published months later. The result: a tell-all memoir from a high-ranking British gov't official. The kicker is that Meyers retired early so many of the folks he tells the reader all about still work in government today. And believe me, this author is not bashful in the slightest and obviously wanted to retire forever, if you get my drift. Ok, if you don't, he lets it all hang out: Conversations he had with Tony Blair wile in his underwear; Margaret Thatcher's using sexy legs (no kidding) to woo heads of state; random diplomats flirting with Meyer's wife, etc. Buy it for you next trans-atlantic or trans-continental flight and you will be landing before you know it.