East and West: The Last Governor of Hong King on Power, Freedom and the Future :: Chris Patten soon to be presented for sale on the fantastic BookLovers of Bath web site!
London: Macmillan, 1998, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Photographic end papers & blanks;
From the cover: At midnight on 30 June 1997 over a century and a half of British rule in Hong Kong came to an end. On that unforgettable rain-sodden evening on the Hong Kong waterfront, watched by millions of people all over the world, the Union Flag was lowered, folded and received by Chris Patten, the colonys last governor. Nimrod was played. It was, in all likelihood, the last great British imperial moment.
Unlike his immediate predecessors as governor, Chris Patten was not a career diplomat but an established politician, Chairman of the Conservative Party which had won the General Election of 1992 against all the odds, and a close friend of the Prime Minister. He decided that the most important action he could take during his governorship was to honour the promises made to the people of Hong Kong and introduce a measure of democracy before the handover to China; and this he proceeded to do, despite opposition from or undermining by both the Chinese authorities …
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Top edge of the text block tanned, a decent copy otherwise.
Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 340 pages. Index. 9½” x 6¼”.
Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I tempt you with something from my Political catalogue?