Lunch with the FT: 52 Classic Interviews

Lunch with the FT: 52 Classic Interviews

Lionel Barber

Language: English

Pages: 230

ISBN: 024123946X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

A selection of Financial Times interviews with high-profile figures in business, politics, the arts, science and more.

nonfictionFrom film stars to politicians, tycoons to writers, dissidents to lifestyle gurus, Lunch with the FT gathers fifty-two fascinating interviews conducted at the unforgiving proximity of a restaurant table.

The list of people who have participated in this popular feature since 1994 reads like an international Who's Who of our times. Meet the rich and famous, the weird and the brilliant, the brave and the virtuous, all brought to you by the Financial Times' global network of columnists and correspondents.

This book brings you right to the table to decide what you think of Angela Merkel or Martin Amis, George Soros or Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Angelina Jolie or Jimmy Carter. Meet not just oligarchs and royals, but the co-founder of Apple, the codiscoverer of DNA, the tycoon who will pay African presidents to quit, and one of the Arab world's most notorious sons.

Every interview is illustrated with a drawing of its subject, making this collection as visually impressive as it is enlightening and fun to read.

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and binding – his memoirs, Drinking Coors. David Hockney DAVID PILLING David is the Asia editor of the Financial Times. He was previously Tokyo bureau chief from 2002 to 2008. He has also worked in London as an editor, in Chile and Argentina as a correspondent, and has covered the global pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. Shaw-Lan Wang; Yuko Tojo GIDEON RACHMAN Gideon was appointed chief foreign affairs columnist and an associate editor of the Financial Times in July 2006. He joined

that in the height of the Soviet era, he would probably have ended up doing military research. But the old system was breaking down as he was graduating. Like a lot of his contemporaries, he went into business. Deripaska says that from an early age he was fascinated by factories: ‘My mum brought me to my first job when I was 12. I started electrical work at her plant. She was an engineer, a technical expert, at one of the plants in the south, and in the summer she brought me in and I learnt how

for example, that he wrote his book with the assistance of the former FT journalist Richard Addis (once a novice Anglican monk). The two exchanged numerous drafts, often at weekends. Even more striking is how he deals with his book’s second grand theme: the ‘pervasive moral ambiguity’ that he detects inside human beings and the outside world. At the end of the book, for example, there is a passage of poignant self-examination in which Green describes visiting Weimar, the home of Goethe at the

cancer.” ’ Women, he believes, are the real hope for the continent. ‘They are more honest with money and they don’t go around murdering people.’ There is a very long way still to go, he adds. But Asian demand for African commodities has brought about a turnaround in the terms on which the continent trades. Globally there is a new grasp of Africa’s potential. ‘It’s not that we are any longer hanging our hopes on some nationalist leader or supposedly benign dictator,’ he says. ‘The fact that

houses his archive and the Rumsfeld Foundation, which among other things helps retired troops. I ask him what time he normally gets up and he replies, unsmilingly, ‘I get up at 4.30 or 5 and exercise generally and read the paper in the sauna.’ His way of life seems almost comically spartan. I suggest that perhaps we might order something to eat, and he seems genuinely surprised. ‘You want something to eat?’ A waiter is summoned. I order an avocado and bacon salad. Rumsfeld orders a cup of clam

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