A Scandalous Man

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HarperCollins, Jan 1, 2008 - Political corruption - 397 pages
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"A Scandalous Man is a compulsive story about the adrenalin of power, a novel that gives you the inside story of political life and the truth behind a real scandal." "Robin Burnett was one of the coming men of the government. Charismatic and hard-working, his easy charm disguised his ambition. His belief in action endeared him to his American counterparts. The deals they did together, out of sight of the media and the electorate, were pragmatic and propelled them to high office but their costs, their effects in the future, would be explosive." "When the scandal finally broke - twenty-four hour hungry media can be hard to avoid - it cost Robin Burnett his job, of course, but a very heavy price was paid by his family too, already estranged by the relentless demands of a remorseless drive to succeed." "Gavin Esler's novel gives a powerful sense of the headiness felt when the top job is within your grasp. But most of all this is a story that explains the real scandal behind tomorrow's headlines and why so many may have come to lose trust in the politicians' promises."--BOOK JACKET.

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User Review  - Hasan - Goodreads

Great woven skill of embedding fiction into fact, Esler took the reader onto a journey from 1979 -2005, with the rise of Thatcherism, Khomeni, Iran-Iraq war, contracted, rise of neo-con politics, New ... Read full review

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User Review  - Justine Stewart - Goodreads

I loved this book but I think he carried too many stories through it. There was enough going on with Harry and Robin without the Muslim subplot. But still a great read Read full review


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Gavin Esler is one of Britain's best known television presenters and an award winning reporter for the BBC. He began his career on the Belfast Telegraph and with the BBC in Northern Ireland. For many years he lived in Washington D.C. and worked at the White House as the Chief North America correspondent for the BBC. He has travelled widely in the United States and beyond, winning a Royal Television Society award and a Sony Gold award, and interviewing world leaders from President Clinton and President Chirac to Gordon Brown, Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher and King Abdullah of Jordan. He is currently one of the presenters on Newsnight and on BBC World.

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