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The Resource My life in politics, Jacques Chirac with Jean-Luc Barre ; translated by Catherine Spencer

My life in politics, Jacques Chirac with Jean-Luc Barre ; translated by Catherine Spencer

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My life in politics
Title
My life in politics
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Jacques Chirac with Jean-Luc Barre ; translated by Catherine Spencer
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  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
Summary
Along with Mikhail Gorbachev, Helmut Kohl, and Francois Mitterand, Jacques Chirac is one of the most iconic statesmen of the twentieth century. Two-time president of France, mayor of Paris, and international politician, a recent poll voted him the most admired political figure in France, with current president Nicolas Sarkozy ranking in 32nd place
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  • France’s president from 1995 to 2007 wrestles with intractable issues amid gridlocked politics in this tense memoir. Chirac’s career in center-right Gaullist parties shows just how conflicted and dysfunctional France’s dual-executive system was: he was prime minister to a president of his own party who hated and undermined him (Valery Giscard d’Estaing), then to Socialist president François Mitterrand, who opposed him politically; during his own presidency he endured a similarly contentious “cohabitation” with Socialist Prime Minister Lionel Jospin. Through it all, he wrestled with, but scarcely resolved, problems with budgets, pensions, France’s immigrants, and European integration. Chirac epitomizes French consensus politics, with its Gallic mixture of grandiosity and realism; in the book he is forever proclaiming adamant principle on, say, pension reform or Bosnia, only to retreat into prudent expediency in the face of mass strikes or military risks. Although ill-served by the off-key translation—Americans say nuclear “deterrence,” not “dissuasion”—he crafts tart, vivid critiques of people and policies, including extended attacks on Israeli policy toward the Palestinians and on Bush’s rush into the Iraq War by way of “a dominating and Manichean logic that favored force over law.” His is a revealing, though not quite inspiring, self-portrait of an archetypal figure in a Europe that’s now all but collapsed. Photos. Agent: Benita Edzard, Editions Robert Laffont. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed July 30, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 31, p)
  • Candid memoir from France's former two-term president. Best-known in the United States, perhaps, for his opposition to the rush to war against Iraq in 2003, Chirac offers American readers a close-up portrait of a truly old-school French politician. Born in Paris and educated in the tradition of republican leadership and service, the author rose through the ranks of French government, serving as minister of agriculture, minister of the interior, mayor of Paris, prime minister of France and, eventually, president. In addition to the accounts of his political life, many readers will be surprised to learn of Chirac's love for poetry, his early interest in Sanskrit, his fluency in Russian (he translated Pushkin's Eugene Onegin), his familiarity with Chinese history and his lifelong enthusiasm for African and pre-Columbian sculpture. As he demonstrates, these interests were formative in his approach to politics and to the "worsening divide between the poor countries that represent more than a third of humanity and the wealthy countries that do not adequately fulfill their responsibilities in terms of development aid." Chirac describes the shock he experienced as a member of the G7, and he examines the development of France's social safety net and health system as by-products of settlements of political conflicts--e.g., the May 1968 general protest, during which he helped the negotiations. Chirac also provides ample detail about the military and technological underpinnings of national power and gives unique insight on the European Union. Citizenship, leadership and service combine in this memoir of a full political life.(Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2012)
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10151891
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1932-
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Chirac, Jacques
Dewey number
B
Language note
Translated from the French
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  • Spencer, Catherine
  • Barr⥬ Jean-Luc
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  • Chirac, Jacques
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Label
My life in politics, Jacques Chirac with Jean-Luc Barre ; translated by Catherine Spencer
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Publication
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Includes index
Control code
000049241728
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
344 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780230340886
Isbn Type
(hbk..)
Other physical details
ill., ports.
Label
My life in politics, Jacques Chirac with Jean-Luc Barre ; translated by Catherine Spencer
Publication
Note
Includes index
Control code
000049241728
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
344 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780230340886
Isbn Type
(hbk..)
Other physical details
ill., ports.

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