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The Powerful and the Damned


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A revealing, intimate diary from the editor of the FT, the most important business newspaper in the world - encounters with global leaders, billionaire CEOs and everyone who's anyone

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Barber was the Editor of the Financial Times from 2005 until January 2020, widely credited with transforming the FT from a newspaper publisher into a multi-channel global news organisation. During his editorship the FT passed the milestone of 1m paying readers, winning many international awards and accolades for its journalism. The FT was named newspaper/news provider of the year in Britain's press awards in 2008, 2017 and 2019. Other prestigious awards include winning submissions to the Loeb and Overseas Press Club in the US and the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) for editorial excellence. As editor, he interviewed many of the world's leaders in business and politics, including- Barack Obama and Donald Trump, Angela Merkel, Premiers Wen Jiabao and Li Keqiang of China, President of Iran Hassan Rouhani and Presidents Zuma and Ramaphosa of South Africa.


A remarkable book, alternately brutal, brilliant and scurrilously funny ...a gripping page-turner full of sharp pen portraits that reveal the anxieties and vulnerabilities of the rich and powerful. Don't miss it * Misha Glenny, bestselling author of MCMAFIA, now a major Netflix series *
Riveting - a world of power, money, ego and disaster, as witnessed from the front row * Philippe Sands, bestselling author of EAST WEST STREET and THE RATLINE *
Gives the reader an extraordinary personal and professional insight into fifteen years of tumultuous times * Tony Blair *
Vastly entertaining and insightful... Barber saw it all from the front row. An exhilarating read * Sir Harold Evans ex-editor of the SUNDAY TIMES *
A delicious romp, dripping with bon mots about the people and issues Lionel Barber encountered while ensuring the FT thrived in digital times. It's as fine an advertisement for the virtues of journalism as you will find -- Sir Michael Moritz, Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist and sponsor of the Booker Prize
The inside track on fifteen crucial years - from an editor who saw it all * Mishal Husain, presenter of Radio 4's Today programme *
A must-read by one of the world's most famous journalists ... a real page turner! * Steve Schwarzman, CEO of the Blackstone Group *

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