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Carrington : an honourable man

Author: Christopher Lee
Publisher: [London], UK : Viking, 2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Lord Carrington was Margaret Thatcher's Foreign Secretary when the Argentinians invaded the Falklands in 1982. Absent in Israel on the eve of the invasion, he promptly resigned since it was, he said, a point of honour. He is seen by many today as the last of his breed in politics, an honourable man committed to public service. The descendant of a famous banking family, Carrington served as a minister in every  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
History
Named Person: Peter Alexander Rupert Carington Carrington, Baron; Peter Alexander Rupert Carington Carrington, Baron
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Lee
ISBN: 0670916463 9780670916467
OCLC Number: 1044847935
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xiii, 559 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Christopher Lee.

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"Lord Carrington was Margaret Thatcher's Foreign Secretary when the Argentinians invaded the Falklands in 1982. Absent in Israel on the eve of the invasion, he promptly resigned since it was, he said, a point of honour. He is seen by many today as the last of his breed in politics, an honourable man committed to public service. The descendant of a famous banking family, Carrington served as a minister in every Conservative government from Churchill to Thatcher. In this full biography, authorised but not read by the subject, author of This Sceptred Isle Christopher Lee offers a fascinating portrait of a Tory figure whose career is a window into post-war British politics and life as a politician and diplomat. He could be viewed as a typical Tory grandee, yet he disliked the Party, claiming late in his life that he was no longer a member, and could be fiercely independent. And there were recurring oddities in his career. He was forced to offer his resignation to Churchill for bad judgement over the Crichel Down Affair. As Navy Minister he was caught in the glare of a spy ring, and, though Defence Secretary, kept out of the loop of the military operation which culminated in Bloody Sunday. Margaret Thatcher said there was something innately reassuring walking into a room where Carrington stood. Was this a barbed compliment? Did he in fact lack the steel required of a modern politician? He certainly represents a bygone era, as this vivid and expert biography shows"--Provided by publisher.

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Portrays a rounded picture of one of the most admirable of 20th-century statesman and of the political background against which he trod his honourable path * Country Life * Lee's biography . . . is Read more...

 
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