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The Third Man Life at the Heart of New Labour by Peter Mandelson

The Third Man Life at the Heart of New Labour


The Third Man Life at the Heart of New Labour by Peter Mandelson

The number one bestselling memoir of one of New Labour's three founding architects, now with a revealing new chapter updating this paperback 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.


`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

`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

About the Author

Peter Mandelson was born in London in 1953 and educated at Hendon County Grammar School and Oxford University. At the age of thirty-two he became Labour's Director of Campaigns and Communications, and he was elected as MP for Hartlepool in 1992. During Tony Blair's premiership he was Minister without Portfolio, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. He stood down as an MP in 2004 to become EU Trade Commissioner, before returning to the government under Gordon Brown as Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, First Secretary of State, and Lord President of the Council. He remains in Parliament as a member of the House of Lords.

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Publication date

1st March 2011


Peter Mandelson

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HarperPress an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


512 pages


Central government



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