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Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Richard Wilding

Civil Servant: A Memoir is now avaiable in eBook Format:

Civil Servant uncovers a wide and varied career of more than 30 years from 1953 to 1988, first in the Foreign Service and then in various departments of the Home Civil Service.

Richard Wilding gives an insightful view into a career that started with the diplomatic aspects of the Cyprus problem and finished with the financing of the Arts in Britain. He served in six government departments, gaining a wide variety of experience.

From this he builds up a picture of what it was like to be a civil servant at this time. The author candidly admits mistakes and launches a few barbs at fashionable management nostrums. His account includes encounters with Dwight D Eisenhower, Harold Macmillan and Margaret Thatcher.

But this book is much more than the story of the working life of a 20th Century administrator. It provides an absorbing behind the scenes account of important events. Richard Wilding is to be congratulated on lifting the lid on how decisions are really made.

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