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Badly and in places incorrectly written this book eventually became a political cause celebre in Britain and may well have fatally damaged Chris Patten s the Governor in Question longer term political ambitions He was often referred to as the best prime Minister Britain never had Patten s own version of the book is a vastly better andliterate read as shown by the fact that after many year s as the European Union s Foreign Affairs Commissioner he is now Chancellor of Oxford University Badly and in places incorrectly written this book eventually became a political cause celebre in Britain and may well have fatally damaged Chris Patten s the Governor in Question longer term political ambitions He was often referred to as the best prime Minister Britain never had Patten s own version of the book is a vastly better andliterate read as shown by the fact that after many year s as the European Union s Foreign Affairs Commissioner he is now Chancellor of Oxford University and deservedly Lord Patten A little biased as I was at University with him albeit from different colleges Really good book that provides a fantastic insight into the years prior to the largest milestone in Hong Kong s history Written throughout Patten s governorship, the book was conceived with the notion that it would be published prior to 1997, and subsequently, it was. Easily one of my favourite books of all time Jonathan Dimbleby has written an enthralling account of the fascinating handover of Hong Kong in 1997 and the years preceding it when Chris Patten served as Governor There is enough background information provided and input from various stakeholders a sanitation worker, tycoons, students, pro Beijing politicians, pro democracy politicians, a policeman among others interspersed in the book to place the complex issues which needed settling between Br Easily one of my favourite books of all time Jonathan Dimbleby has written an enthralling account of the fascinating handover of Hong Kong in 1997 and the years preceding it when Chris Patten served as Governor There is enough background information provided and input from various stakeholders a sanitation worker, tycoons, students, pro Beijing politicians, pro democracy politicians, a policeman among others interspersed in the book to place the complex issues which needed settling between Britain and China in perspective and give the reader a sense of the enormity of what the handover was changing a city of 6 million people at the stroke of midnight in June 1997 The vivid account of the political and diplomatic intrigue and drama that surrounded all of Chris Patten s agenda is impossible to put down and has been flawlessly written Much like Patten s influence and power, though, the book loses its spark towards the end as everyone the key players in the book included knows what happens next The epilogue is especially rambling Biographies are probablydifficult to write than they are to read and this book is no exceptionbut it is still fascinating in that it is not only a part biography but also a documentary of the intricacies of Sino British relations and diplomacy over the course of Hong Kong s 150 years as a British colony It draws on some unique analogies of Britain and how it and those appointed to represent it, handled different parts of its vast empire at different periods of time Both overtly and by Biographies are probablydifficult to write than they are to read and this book is no exceptionbut it is still fascinating in that it is not only a part biography but also a documentary of the intricacies of Sino British relations and diplomacy over the course of Hong Kong s 150 years as a British colony It draws on some unique analogies of Britain and how it and those appointed to represent it, handled different parts of its vast empire at different periods of time Both overtly and by implication it gives some impressive insights into the people, methods and thinking that determined much of what we live and experience today It is a little too detailed or dry for me personally, at some junctures but it is still an excellent book and any reader should push past the difficult sections and take in the impressive education this book offers on the whole *Free ☊ The Last Governor ↟ Using unrivalled access to Chris Patten, Britain s last governor of Hong Kong, 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