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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. This memoir covers the f ...more
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Published November 13th 2012 by St. Martin's Press
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Leah
Sep 21, 2013 Leah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Le Bulldozer…

That Chirac was admired by Margaret Thatcher and reviled by George Dubya gives an indication of the contradictions inherent in the man. Nicknamed 'Le Bulldozer', Chirac emerges from this sometimes frank, sometimes evasive memoir as a blunt, determined man with a fixed and overriding idea of the historical contribution of France and of the importance of maintaining a leading role for her in the world. As Ricardo Lagos said of him in his memoirs, Southern Tiger, ‘The French always did
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Jason Goetz
Jan 30, 2013 Jason Goetz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I must admit that prior to reading this book I had always taken French politics as it is caricatured in the media at face value. I viewed it as radicalized and removed from common sense to a certain extent. But Chirac has now altered a lot of my perceptions and presumptions.

Chirac's lengthy and accomplished career, which spanned from General de Gaulle's time to just a few years ago and which he describes at length here, are a testament to his persistence and political acumen, first and foremost.
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Marisa
Nov 08, 2012 Marisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was an interesting political memoir spanning four decades of public service. I would recommend this for anyone who enjoys memoirs of an international political nature.
Before becoming president of France, Jacques Chirac served as mayor of Paris, cabinet member in the administration of Pompoudou, and prime minister. This memoir spans this time in office, with plenty of opinions, recollections, and anecdotes regarding his tenure in these posts. As a center-right candidate, Chriac's career had
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Meg - A Bookish Affair
Prior to reading this book, I just really did not know a lot about Jacques Chirac at all. I love learning a little something new whenever I pick up a book and this book definitely fit the bill in that regard. This book is filled with Chirac's tales of his political career told in his own words.

I found this book fascinating. Chirac had a very lengthy career in politics that all started when his father pushed him to go into politics instead of being a sea captain (seriously!). It's always interest
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Godlarvae
May 18, 2014 Godlarvae rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I understand much better the "French Mystique" after having read Chirac's book. As an avowed Gaulist, he introduced the concept, described by his activities throughout his political career. They are definitely a different breed of cat, not meant in a disparaging way - - - just different. We of the U.S.A. have never been quite able to allow others to have a disparate, but equally valid, world view.
I found Chirac's political, as well as personal, motivations to be high-minded and well-intentioned
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Laurie
Nov 10, 2012 Laurie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jacques Chirac's memoir not only provides the reader with knowledge of French politics, but it also informs the reader of the workings of politics on a global scale. He tells readers about the events in his life that first led him into politics to the ones that led him to seeking out the presidency of France. An interesting and thought-provoking read for those interested in how the government of France operates, and how world leaders interact to solve and prevent problems that affect those in ev ...more
Jeremy
Thanks to the publisher for allowing me to read an advance copy of this memoir.

More aptly titled "My Life as the President". "My Life in Politics" is a wonderfully insightful book about the inner workings of Chirac's career in politics. My only problem is where he decides to focus the majority of his attention. I think he gives rather short shrift to his career prior to his presidency, perhaps based on the fact that he has already written memoirs earlier in his career. However, unless you've alr
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Corey Olomon
Good for the author's unique perspective not so great on the quality of the writing.
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History as it happened by JC - still not the entire truth
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Jacques Chirac is a lifelong French politician and one of the most charismatic figures of twentieth century politics. He was president of France from 1995 to 2007. He also served as Prime Minister of France twice in the 1970s and 1980s, and as Mayor of Paris from 1977 to 1995. He is best known for being one of the most prominent international opponents of the Bush administration's intention to go ...more
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