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Public Servant, Secret Agent: The Elusive Life and Violent Death of Airey Neave Paperback – February 3, 2003

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate Ltd; Third Printing edition (February 3, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841152455
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841152455
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,902,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Paul Routledge represents Airey Neave as an honourable man who acted through his life in accord with his convictions, but also as a natural plotter whose instinct for conspiracy led him down mysterious paths to that agonising death...vivid.' Douglas Hurd, Guardian 'A sensational book.' Mail on Sunday 'This book produces new evidence, or at least confirmation, about Airey Neave's death and the terrorist leaders who ordered it.' William Hague, Sunday Telegraph 'A spendid yarn, and Routledge tells it vividly.' Anthony Howard, Sunday Times 'Mesmerising...a comprehensive exposition of conspiracy theories surrounding Neave's death...lively narratives of his wartime heroics...a sensitive treatment of Neave's years in exile...Routledge's portrait is more one of extraordinary human achievement than everyday politics.' Independent on Sunday 'Brings together in one volume a great deal about the life of Airey Neave that has hitherto been scattered in several books, and it also sheds new light on his death.' Norman Tebbit, New Statesman

About the Author

Paul Routledge is a distinguished political commentator, shortlisted for the 2000 Channel 4/Politicos political journalist of the year he has worked for the Independent, the Times and is currently chief political commentator on the Mirror. He is the author of several books, the last a biography of Peter Mandelson.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. Barrett on August 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I became interested in Airey Neave through his books on World War II POW escapes. Neave escaped from Colditz which he wrote about in "They Have Their Exits". He was then recruited by the secret services to manage escape organizations / routes in occupied territories, which is in his book "Saturday at M.I.9". After the war Neave coordinated part of the Nuremburg Nazi war criminal trials (his book "Nuremburg").

Paul Routledge has written an interesting biography of Airey Neave, from his early life in college, WWII experiences, and then his political life. Neave was key in the rise to power of Margaret Thatcher. As a reward he took over the post of managing the Irish troubles. Neave favored putting down the IRA ruthlessly, and was assassinated in a car bombing before he could try it.
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By rachel symons on January 14, 2013
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I read this because I saw Airey Neave's death portrayed in "The Iron Lady" and also remembered he had been the first British Home Run out of Colditz. This biography was very revealing and left the reader with some unanswered questions about who was actually responsible for his death.
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