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Outside In By Peter Hain

Outside In by Peter Hain

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Far from the bloated memoirs of a former government insider, this is the story of a courageous, campaigning life that is intrinsically bound up with the destiny of South Africa.

Outside In Summary

Outside In by Peter Hain

Peter Hain's has been an extraordinary life. He has held an array of glittering posts in the British political firmament, from key roles in the Foreign Office and the Department of Trade and Industry, to leadership of the Commons and brokering the 2007 devolution settlement in Northern Ireland. Formerly an 'outsider' he became an 'insider', as one of the government's most effective ministers. Underpinning Hain's career is a tradition of political campaigning stretches back nearly four decades; the political values he holds today springing directly from the injustices he witnessed when he was growing up, and which drew him into politics in the first place. His journey to become a British Cabinet Minister started on a different continent. Growing up as a child in Pretoria, South Africa, life changed irrevocably when a close family friend was hanged by the apartheid government. Before that the security police had taken his activist parents away in the middle of the night. Later, in Britain, he was sent a letter bomb. As the eldest child, Hain was left to look after his younger brother and two small sisters. Thus began his career as a militant anti-apartheid protester. When his parents were released, the state made the lives of Peter and his family unbearably difficult.

About Peter Hain

Peter Hain's childhood was spent in apartheid South Africa, a period that came to an end when his parents were forced into exile in 1966. A leader of the Anti-Apartheid Movement and the Anti-Nazi League in Britain during the 1970s and 1980s, Hain obtained degrees at Queen Mary College, London, and the University of Sussex. He was elected Labour MP for Neath in 1991, having been a Young Liberal until 1977. In government he served as Secretary of State for Wales and Northern Ireland, as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and as Leader of the Commons. He was also Europe Minister, Foreign Minister and Energy Minister. He chaired the UN Security Council, and negotiated international treaties curbing nuclear proliferation and banning the conflict inducing trade in blood diamonds. Author of a popular recent biography of Nelson Mandela, Mandela (2010), Hain has written numerous books and pamphlets and appears widely on radio and television, as well as being an experienced public speaker. Married with two sons and four grandchildren, he is a keen football, rugby, cricket and motorsport fan.

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GOR010034606
9781849541183
1849541183
Outside In by Peter Hain
Used - Like New
Hardback
Biteback Publishing
2012-01-19
320
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The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins

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