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Stories of passion, policy and power, and life in the public eye.

Caught up in the political drama unfolding around us every day, it can be easy to forget that beneath the tough public personas of our politicians they are but mere mortals. Political memoirs and biographies offer insider perspectives of moments of enormous consequence to the nation. You enter the chambers of power, and stand witness to accounts of the decision making, manoeuvring and backstabbing that makes politics such a colourful and intriguing world. And, at their best, political stories get you under the skin of the people involved. Here are some political memoirs and biographies that balance the power-broking with the personal.