Right or Wrong: The Memoirs of Lord Bell (Hardcover)

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Right or Wrong is the much-anticipated memoir of Tim Bell, chairman of Bell Pottinger public relations and one of the best-known figures in UK media communications. Born into a resolutely middle-class suburban family during the war, he left school whilst still a teenager for a job as post-boy at ABC Television. Rising through the ranks of the burgeoning West End advertising industry, in 1970 he became a cofounder of the Saatchi & Saatchi agency, duly taking on the role of international chairman as the company achieved worldwide preeminence. In 1989, he formed the Chime Communications Company.

Bell's main claim to fame, however, was developing campaigns for the Conservative Party during the general elections of 1979, 1983, and 1987, each of which put Margaret Thatcher into Downing Street, and for which he was awarded a knighthood. In his time, he has worked with some of the greatest names of modern politics, business, and media--such as Ronald Reagan, F. W. de Klerk, the Sultan of Brunei, Rupert Murdoch, and David Frost--and on world events, historical and controversial alike. Today, his clients include the chairmen of many of the UK's leading companies and organizations as well as foreign heads of state, politicians, and businesses.

With critical appreciation of former clients the Saatchi brothers, as well as Ronald Reagan and Nelson Mandela, Right or Wrong is an enlightening account of an intriguing, unique, and influential career.

About the Author

Tim Bell is a British advertising and public relations executive and founder of Bell Pottinger, one of the most celebrated PR agencies in the United Kingdom.

Praise For…

“A brilliantly witty and revealing account of life as one of Britain's most influential men and Thatcher's closest confidant.” —Jane Fryer, Daily Mail

“A chronicle of hand-to-hand combat with narcissistic lefties . . . Mad Men-style excesses with the Saatchi brothers, awkward moments with Princess Diana and cosy interludes with Thatcher.” —The Times

“It is a gloriously indiscreet account of life among Thatcher's inner circle, detailing--among other highlights--the night Margaret drank herself into a stupor, her withering treatment of Geoffrey Howe, and the astonishing intervention she made when Bell fell out with the Saatchi brothers, his former employers, whose own maverick behaviour makes the ad agency cast of Mad Men look kittenish.” —Daily Mail

“A cracking read . . . let's make no bones about it . . . this book is a fierce right-wing polemic. But even those on the left can admire its candour and clarity of thought.” —PR Week

“A pacy and enjoyable read.” —Dominic Sandbrook, The Sunday Times Culture Magazine

“Deliciously indiscreet, indisputedly in the know and indispensable for anyone interested in contemporary politics.” —Irish Times

Product Details
ISBN: 9781472909350
ISBN-10: 1472909356
Publisher: Bloomsbury Continuum
Publication Date: June 30th, 2015
Pages: 256
Language: English