Jacques Chirac My Life in Politics

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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 full scope of Chirac's political career of more than 50 years and includes the last century's most significant events. A protégé of General de Gaulle, Chirac started political life after France's defeat in Algeria in the early 1960s. He then became Prime Minister George de Pompidou's "bulldozer" and a personal negotiator with Saddam Hussein for France's oil interests in the Persian Gulf. He sold Iraq its first nuclear reactor and incurred the wrath of the United States and Israel, which he discusses in striking detail. As mayor of Paris, Chirac was famed for his success in beautifying the City of Lights and keeping it whole during the heady days of the 1968 riots. As president in the 1990s and early 2000s, Chirac took controversial steps to privatize the economy and plan the European Union. Chirac seldom pulls punches and in several dramatic chapters describes his opposition to the US invasion of Iraq in 2002 and his personal meetings with George W. Bush. These landmark events are brought into sharp focus in this memoir that the popular French magazine Paris Match said "steals the show" even after its author decamped the presidential palace.

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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 to war in Iraq. He also worked to abate nuclear armament, banning the further continuation of nuclear tests in France.

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One of France’s most admired politicians, Chirac was twice elected president and served on a political spectrum from the local (as mayor of Paris) to the international (as prime minister). In this engaging autobiography, Chirac details a life not predestined for politics, for he dreamed of a career in military aeronautics. In 1967, at 35, he entered politics as part of the cabinet of Georges Pompidou. He reflects on 40 years of public life, from support for the development of the Concorde to the social malaise of the 1960s, from selling Iraq its first nuclear reactor to opposition to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, to concerns about European fiscal policies. For Chirac, politics has not been a question of ideology but of people, personalities and sensitivities. Accordingly, he details relationships with major international figures, including George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, François Mitterand, Margaret Thatcher, Nelson Mandela, Shimon Peres, and Yasser Arafat. His chapter on the Iraq War will be particularly compelling reading for Americans. This fascinating autobiography includes photographs chronicling Chirac’s long and admired career. --Vanessa Bush

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