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The Powerful and the Damned

Private Diaries in Turbulent Times

Lionel Barber



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03 November 2020
'As FT editor, I was a privileged interlocutor to people in power around the world, each offering unique insights into high-level decision-making and political calculation, often in moments of crisis. These diaries offer snapshots of leadership in an age of upheaval...' Lionel Barber was Editor of the Financial Times for the tech boom, the global financial crisis, the rise of China, Brexit, and mainstream media's fight for survival in the age of fake news.

In this unparalleled, no-holds-barred diary of life behind the headlines, he reveals the private meetings and exchanges with political leaders on the eve of referendums, the conversations with billionaire bankers facing economic meltdown, exchanges with Silicon Valley tech gurus and pleas from foreign emissaries desperate for inside knowledge, all against the backdrop of a wildly shifting media landscape.

The result is a fascinating - and at times scathing - portrait of power in our modern age; who has it, what it takes and what drives the men and women with the world at their feet. Featuring close encounters with Trump, Cameron, Blair, Putin, Merkel and Mohammed Bin Salman and many more, this is a rare portrait of the people who continue to shape our world and who quite literally, make the news.
By:   Lionel Barber
Imprint:   W H ALLEN
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 37mm
Weight:   581g
ISBN:   9780753558195
ISBN 10:   075355819X
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   03 November 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Reviews for The Powerful and the Damned: Private Diaries in Turbulent Times

A vastly entertaining and insightful chronicle of a top editor's high-wire life of VIP access and dogged reporting, often of those same VIPS who didn't always appreciate it. From Putin playing Chopsticks on the piano at an Embassy dinner party, to the drama of the financial collapse and the tumult of Brexit, Barber saw it all from the front row as he remodeled the FT into a digital powerhouse and honed its intellectual influence. An exhilarating read. * Sir Harold Evans * A remarkable book ... Barber's writing is alternately brutal, brilliant and scurrilously funny ... Simultaneously an invaluable historical record, a profound reflection on the media in a rapidly changing environment and, above all, 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 * Riveting - a world of power, money, ego and disaster, as witnessed from the front row. * Philippe Sands * Lionel Barber's time at the helm of the FT coincided with some of the most extraordinary national and international events, financial, political, Brexit, big tech and the rise of social media and its massive impact on how the news is presented and consumed ... With access to the world's leading business, finance and political figures, this book gives the reader an extraordinary personal and professional insight into fifteen years of tumultuous times. * Tony Blair *

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