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Random House presents the audiobook edition of My Life, Our Times by Gordon Brown, read by Gordon Kennedy.

As former Prime Minister and our longest-serving Chancellor, Gordon Brown has been a guiding force for Britain and the world over three decades. This is his candid, poignant and deeply relevant story.

In describing his upbringing in Scotland as the son of a minister, the near loss of his eyesight as a student and the death of his daughter within days of her birth, he shares the passionately held principles that have shaped and driven him, reminding us that politics can and should be a calling to serve. Reflecting on the personal and ideological tensions within Labour and its achievements - the minimum wage, tax credits, Bank of England independence and the refinancing of the National Health Service - he describes how to meet the challenge of pursuing a radical agenda within a credible party of government.

He explains how as Chancellor he equipped Britain for a globalised economy while swimming against the neoliberal tide and shows what more must be done to halt rising inequality. In his behind-the-scenes account of the financial crisis and his leading role in saving the world economy from collapse, he addresses the question of who was to blame for the crash and why its causes and consequences still beset us.

From the invasion of Iraq to the tragedy of Afghanistan, from the coalition negotiations of 2010 to the referendums on Scottish independence and Europe, Gordon Brown draws on his unique experiences to explain Britain’s current fractured condition. And by showing us what progressive politics has achieved in recent decades, he inspires us with a vision of what it might yet achieve today.

Riveting, expert and highly personal, this historic memoir is an invaluable insight into our times.

©2017 Gordon Brown (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Dave Donald
  • 11-19-17

"how I saved Britain and the world" by G. Brown

Johann Lamont being pronounced as "Yo-han" was laugh out loud funny. As is Ban Ki-moon being called the secretary-geberal of the UK (rather than EU). But both sit well in this work of fiction and rewrite of history. Brown publicly denied there was any deal over the PM job, yet here he is saying there was. And no mention of why he lied publicly about it. Nor any real engagement with the disastrous PFI deals that are strangling our public services. He calls it 'controversial' then defends it to the hilt. He distances himself from Blair over the Iraq war, despite being one of the biggest champions of it. He condemns neo-liberalism, despite his economic policies exposing Britain to the worst excesses of it. Then he talks about how he had great policies ready to fix Britain, but alas he ran out of time. cos 13 years weren't enough? You'd think he was an under secretary of state, not the second most powerful man in the country most of that time. His real anger goes to the Murdoch press, whom he condemns for not supporting him when he became PM. Yet he had nothing to say about them in 1997 when he and tony were inviting them into number 10 for drinks when they supported new labour. The Murdoch press were just as vicious back then, but since their guns weren't focused on him he was fine with it. Brown is a fantacist, whom I presume is worried about his place in history and his Wikipedia entry. If you have followed politics for the past 20 years then this is a real let down. For every left wing move new labour made 2 right wing moves, to triangulate themselves around the tory vote. It ultimately alienated their core voters, whom they had took for granted. Many parts of Britain hadn't recovered from the last recession before the next hit hard and they realised Blair and Browns Labour didn't actually care about them. The party became toxic, leaving a massive opening for the most right wing tory government in decades. You'll find no meaningful engagement of that here (other than the bland "we failed to get our message across"). My blood was boiling through most of it, and I preferred Brown to Blair by miles. Yet after all this time he still doesn't properly understand what went wrong, which makes me angry. So I'm off to lie down!

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