My Life (Mosley autobiography)

My Life
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AuthorOswald Mosley
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
GenreAutobiography
PublisherNelson
Publication date
1968
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages521
ISBN0-17-142009-8
OCLC245659224

My Life is the autobiography of the British Fascist leader Sir Oswald Mosley. It was published in 1968.

Release[edit]

The book was published in 1968. To coincide with the release of the book, the BBC broadcast a Panorama special, seen by a record audience.[1]

The book was later released in the United States. Promotion included Mosley and his wife Diana appearing on Good Morning America in support of the book.[1] Diana later released her own autobiography, A Life of Contrasts.

Topics, themes and treatment[edit]

The book is structured as a sequential memoir, but it doubles as the author’s personal defence against charges of antisemitism, as well as a general overview of world politics, both during his youthful ascent, and at the time of its publication in the 1960s.

My Life provides a close-up view of England’s ruling class from an immensely rich man born into long-established nobility, and married to the daughter of Lord Curzon. Mosley chronicles the sumptuous social life of the elite, and he gives vivid impressions of political figures across the spectrum, from Churchill and H. H. Asquith to Bernard Shaw and James Maxton as well as some of the top Nazis, though he tries to distance himself from Hitler. As a frequent cross-bencher, Mosley naturally provokes some of the ‘what if?’ theories of history, such as the prospect of Prime Minister Mosley working with the pro-Mussolini King Edward VIII.

Reception[edit]

Commercially the book was a success, becoming a best-seller.[citation needed]

"Mosley is a superb political thinker, the best of our age," stated A. J. P. Taylor.[1] "The only living Englishman who could perfectly well have been either Conservative or Labour prime minister," maintained Malcolm Muggeridge.[1]

"He displays yet another talent, for it is the best-written volume of memoirs emanating from my generation," wrote Sir Colin Coote.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Mosley, Diana (1977). A Life of Contrasts. Hamish Hamilton.

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