Oc­tav Bot­nar – A Life by John Laugh­land

Essex Life - - ADVERTORIAL - Preface by The Rt Hon Lord Teb­bit CH

Com­mu­nist fire­brand, pris­oner of war, mem­ber of the French Re­sis­tance, re­luc­tant ap­pa­ratchik, gu­lag in­ternee, out­stand­ing en­tre­pre­neur, in­spi­ra­tional leader, tena­cious fighter, re­mark­able phi­lan­thropist: this is the story of Oc­tav Bot­nar, who, at an age when most men look to­wards re­tire­ment, in­tro­duced Nis­san-Dat­sun cars to the United King­dom in the 1960’s and founded one of Bri­tain’s most suc­cess­ful pri­vate com­pa­nies of the late 20th cen­tury. Un­com­pro­mis­ing, charis­matic and driven, Bot­nar was a very pri­vate per­son about whom most peo­ple knew lit­tle. This metic­u­lously re­searched bi­og­ra­phy by re­spected au­thor and po­lit­i­cal his­to­rian and com­men­ta­tor, John Laugh­land, cor­rects that.

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