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For the Record

Narrated by: David Cameron
Length: 30 hrs
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The referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union in 2016 has been one of the most controversial political events of modern times. For the first time, the man who called that vote talks about the decision and its origins, as well as giving a candid account of his time at the top of British politics.   

David Cameron was Conservative Party leader during the largest financial crash in living memory. The Arab Spring and the Eurozone crisis both started during his first year as prime minister. The backdrop to his time in office included the advent of ISIS, surging migration and a rapidly changing EU.   

Here he talks about how he confronted those challenges, from modernising a party that had suffered three successive electoral defeats to forming the first coalition government for 70 years. He sets out how he helped turn around Britain’s economy, implementing a modern, compassionate agenda that included education and welfare reform, the legalisation of gay marriage, the referendum on Scottish independence and world-leading environmental policies.   

David Cameron is searingly honest about the key players from his time in politics. And he is frank about himself - the things he got right and the things he got wrong. He opens up about family life too, including the tragic loss of his eldest son.   

We learn why he kept Britain’s promise on overseas aid spending and what it was like to commit British troops to conflicts in Libya, Iraq and Syria. He sets out how he won the first outright Conservative majority in nearly a quarter of a century and describes the events leading up to the EU referendum, the renegotiation, the campaign - and his thoughts on it all today.   

It is the most compelling record yet of what it’s like to lead in modern times and to live behind the most famous door in the world.  

©2019 David Cameron (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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  • O. Buraimoh
  • 03-12-2019

Excellent book

This has been an excellent listen. I was initially daunted by the 30 hour listening time but I have enjoyed every minute of it. It was frank, funny, highly informative of the inner workings of government and, as a traditional labour voter, I was surprised how down-to-earth it was. Of course the petty politicking was irritating but, for someone who almost never writes a full review of and audiobook, I felt compelled to heap lots of praise on this one.

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  • My Books
  • 27-10-2019

Vile and self-serving

I couldn’t get passed the first chapter listening to this self-serving pity party. Big mistake having Cameron voice it. I’m sorry I bought it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-10-2019

Didn’t live up to expectation

Less candour and more bluster. Will be better used as a study for how to engage with extensive PR crisis management.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-10-2019

self Indulgent

rather self indulgent and typically upper class british in his approach to self promotion. somewhat delusional in his analysis of history and current event where he portrays himself as the hero and everyone else as the villain.

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  • papapownall
  • 25-09-2019

Former Prime Minister's sorry monotonic ramblings

It is fair to say that former Prime Minister "Call me Dave" Cameron has had plenty of time on his hands since turning away from his role following the disastrous (for him and the country) Brexit referendum in 2016. He has spent a fair amount of this time in his shed gazing at his naval and writing these rambling memoirs of his time at Eton, Oxford and Westminster and then regurgitating them as this audio book which weighs in at a whopping 30 hours which is roughly twice as long as Tony Blair's memoirs despite being in office half as long.

There is a lot in this book about Cameron's vision for a Big Society and he goes to great lengths to explain what he was attempting to achieve. I am not totally convinced that I completely understand it but it sounds like a noble cause. There is even more narrative regarding the nuances of each and every cabinet reshuffle during his 6 years at Number 10. He talks of his desires to go to war in Syria and how this was thwarted and he talks about his relations with other world leaders. The story of him being affectionately tucked up in bed by Barrack Obama on Air Force One is endearing. He talks lovingly about his wife Samantha who he clearly loves and has kept him grounded as she is, apparently, more down to earth despite being the daughter of a baronet.

It is not until around 23 hours in that he tackles the subject of the Brexit referendum. Dave is an affable chap and he likes to take the middle ground and let everyone have their say on matters. He is a big fan of referenda. There have only ever been four of these in the history of the United Kingdom and three of these were under Dave's leadership. The 2011 Alternative Voting referendum (anyone remember that?) was a success. Then came the Scottish Independence Referendum in 2014 which again the Government won. By now he was on a roll. In 2015, the UK's membership of the EU just about made it into the top 10 of voters' issues, largely as a result of the far right UKIP banging on about it for so long. Dave decided to made an in/out referendum as manifesto pledge in the 2015 General Election, presumably as negotiating ploy in case he was again in coalition with the Liberal Democrats. Dave describes the shock and surprise of himself and the party of winning an outright majority. He was feeling invincible. The economy was booming and the opposition in turmoil. He decided to press ahead with the Brexit referendum not thinking there was any chance of losing. He forgot just one thing, and that was that he had to actually have a credible campaign to prevent the far right from misleading the public with their exaggerated claims of the impact of immigration. Dave expected the opposition to play fairly. They did not. He lost. And with it so did the hopes and dreams of millions of UK citizens who will have their prospects and freedoms curtailed as a result of this sorry episode.

Much of this audio book is delivered in Cameron's clipped monotonic West Oxfordshire diction with the exception of a bizarre Peter Kay impression and an even stranger attempt at a Geordie accent to mimic the voice of ex Newcastle United Chairman John Hall. Dave is not averse to using the "f" word, presumably to make him sound more down to earth. Maybe Samantha suggested this would be good for his image?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-12-2019

incredible incite

one of the most gripping portrayals of modern politics, a absolute must read for any Cameronites

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  • E. Barker
  • 11-11-2019

An insightful and varied account of a former PM

I was unsure as to how I would feel about listening to the memoirs of the man who spearheaded Britain's exit from the EU.

I did in fact enjoy this very much. you easily forget that Cameron's political and personal life are so much more then Brexit, and you take a journey through the lens of someone who transformed the conservative party of the UK and brought about significant changes in policy as PM. What is interesting is to hear of how Cameron arrived at decisions and, with a refreshing honesty, provides a sense of entire self awareness about his upbringing and own misgivings where they arose. whatever one's opinions are of the man, it is surprising to hear an individual retain as much information and knowledge across a breadth of policy areas. Take note, populist, detail-lite politicians of today.

it is also easy to forget the personal tragedies and suffering he and his wife have faced whilst also being PM. this arguably cuts through the core of the book in a stoic and reflective manner without resorting to self-pity. it does make anyone really consider quite how many sacrifices had been made by Cameron and his family.

I would strongly urge listening to this book in the current febrile political climate. It provides an excellent grounding of our politics today and the Brexit behemoth that will continue for some time

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  • Giles Rocholl
  • 22-10-2019

Just as I suspected!

An interesting read with a few new angles on the life of a former Prime Minister.
He does come across as a person who has spent his life in the Jacuzzi whilst trying to manage the swimming pool.
By that I mean he does not seem to have a real grasp of the vast majorities lives in the UK and operates in a detached state.
He is the perfect example of why we need wiser leaders with a broader experience of the world and others lives.

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  • Andrea
  • 10-10-2019

Honest account of how Britain was pushed 2disaster

As a keen student of British history and politics I enjoyed the 30 hours of Cameron's defence of his government. It is important for Prime Ministers to account for their times in office.

I give credit to Cameron for maintaining foreign aid and gay marriage. But he will be remembered for stifling Britain's economic recovery and leading Britain out of the EU. For these disastrous decisions, he deserves very harsh criticism. And in 2019 these massive failures are evident everywhere I go in Britain. Homeless people filling our streets, cuts in schools hurting those who need it most.,the NHS struggling to keep going. All this not being dealt with because of the national obsession with Brexit.

Cameron did his best, but his massively privileged background. Boarding school, Eton, Oxford, Conservative HQ, MP and then PM, all meant he was never close to living a normal life. He therefore failed to understand the disastrous effects that austerity would reap on Britain. He barely mentions food banks, the social care crisis and Britain's obesity time bomb, in the book. All made far worse by his government.

Britain will be paying the price of his government's failures for decades to come.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-10-2019

Too long

The parts of Cameron’s story which are worth telling are drowned in a thick soup of extraneous detail and poor editing. Although interesting and engaging occasionally, especially those parts around relationships with foreign leaders or fiscal austerity, too much of it reads like the author trying to convince the reader that he has a legacy other than Brexit.

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  • Trotters Independent Traders
  • 30-09-2019

This is an “Exchange your book” front runner!

Far too long & mostly boring! I haven’t read it all . Best sleeping tonic ever.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-01-2020

An important first hand account on the EU referendum

Listening to David Cameron speak for 30 hours requires some commitment, but he comes across as a likeable, values-based chap who did the best he could in trying circumstances. From the fallout of the financial crisis, to the Arab Spring and Syria, and of course to the referendum itself, the former PM does his best to explain his rationale for making the decisions he did and addresses many of the assumptions that have been made about motivations since.

At times he comes across as overly optimistic and perhaps naive, notably during the Syria vote and in the build up to the referendum, but you never get the sense that his motivations are malicious or self interested.

History will likely be kinder to him than today’s press, so I’d recommend reading this book if you’re interested in taking a step back from partisan positions and hearing first hand from one of the most significant leaders in British Parliamentary history.

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