Pride and Perjury by Jonathan Aitken
Published by A&C Black on February 10th 2003
Genres: Political Science, General, History & Theory
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I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I had expected it to be well written; after all, Mr. Aitken was a journalist before he became a politician. But what I didn’t expect was his humility. He clearly accepts the faults he made, apologizes for the hurt it caused his family, and writes very movingly about reconciliation, forgiveness and redemption.
The journalists at The Guardian and Granada TV certainly don’t come out well. They instigated the libel action and seemed to roll out lie after lie to make matters worse for Aitken. But instead of being bitter and hateful, Aitken just lays out the facts and allows the reader to make his or her own decisions.
I think it’s an excellent book for anyone interested in the machinations of politics and journalism, but also if you just want a well written, easy to read account of how one man fell from a great height, yet still retained his dignity and hope.