Troubador You Couldn't Make It Up!

Released: 28/02/2015

ISBN: 9781784620653

Format: Paperback

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You Couldn't Make It Up!

Ordinary Guy, Extraordinary Life


Believing life is not a rehearsal, and with the world at his feet, Mike took it full on! How many people can say they’ve survived a tarantula bite, been deported from Iran, explored the wilderness in Antarctica, and served on a Foreign Office Commission? Mike Freedman can. You Couldn’t Make It Up! is his memoir, spanning 70 years, that details his extraordinary experiences. Having been on a plane halfway across the Atlantic during 9/11, as well as exploring the Malaysian jungle and Namibian desert and running marathons, Mike tells of how he is lucky to have had such an array of exciting and scary experiences. Despite having been expelled from school, Mike has received degrees from University College London, Oxford, University of the?Arts, London, and Saskatchewan in Canada. His life is littered with unusual events and unbelievable escapes that show just how you can make your own luck. An amusing and fast read, written in a chatty and friendly style, You Couldn’t Make It Up! will appeal to anyone of an adventurous nature, while serving as an inspiration to the younger generation and providing a reminder to the older of a golden time. In addition to Mike’s many adventures, You Couldn’t Make It Up! also details his moral and political values, adding a serious facet to the book. “I wanted to leave my story as a legacy to my children and grandchildren,”?says Mike, who classes himself as a wilderness adventurer as well as being a husband, father and grandfather. He had a successful international business career and parallel political one. Mike is now an artist.

Lord (Tom) Sawyer, former General Secretary of the Labour Party, has endorsed Mike's book: "Mike Freedman's story tells us more about our culture, politics and business world in the last century and the start of this one than most conventional biographies."

Dr. Sarah Khan of New York, says: "A dynamic leader demonstrates great intelligence, sees opportunities, not obstacles,is fiercely committed to social justice and operates from the heart. Mike Freedman in "You Couldn't Make It Up!" shows us his heart, commitment, and his journey in playful, ornery and poignant ways. Grab it, read it, laugh at it and challenge yourself and him!"

Sarah Kinder CEO and London based Creative Entrepreneur writes: "Mike's life intrigued me from the moment we met at University five years ago.I had thought however that I had heard all his tales. Wrong!. His book is an adventure in itself, a learning experience in history, culture, geography and above all living life to the full. It's an inspiration to us, the younger generation. It urges us to get out there and just do it. YOLO."

Mike's astonishing life has been played on an international stage. "You Couldn't Make It Up" deserves a global readership. Amusing, dramatic, philosophical, it is a fast, enjoyable and easy read with a unique story on every page. Remarkably he is still at it in his seventies! Dr. Ing. Sergio Lolli, Inventor and CEO, Italy

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Bitten by a tarantula, flying to the USA on 9/11, expelled from school, attended four universities and attaining degrees in four different subjects, deported from Iran, becoming an artist at 66, a marathon runner, fired his boss with the help of a helicopter; these are just some of the events that have characterised Mike Freedman's colourful life.

He was born in Glasgow in 1942 into the 'Golden Generation'. With free education to postgraduate level, a totally free NHS, the end of conscription, no wars to be fought, full employment, the advent of rock'n'roll and the swinging sixties, the world was at the feet of anyone who wanted to take it full on. And Mike did! His formative years in London led to degrees at UCL, Oxford and Saskatchewan universities and work at Hertz and Xerox in senior management roles. He lived in Canada, Iran and Singapore and commuted monthly to the USA. He ran the international division of a global consulting firm and facilitated strategy development with FTSE 100 companies and their international equivalents, governments and not-for profit organisations.

He had a parallel political life and was twice a Parliamentary candidate, the personal advisor to the General Secretary of the Labour Party and served on a Foreign Office Commission.He has travelled to over 60 countries for business and pleasure and has explored some of the world's great wildernesses such as Antarctica, the Namibian Desert and the Tundra.

His previous book, "The Art and Discipline of Strategic Leadership" sold 55,000 copies in 9 languages, 3 printings and a paperback edition. He has broadcast on radio and television in the UK, South Africa, Singapore, the USA and Finland – among other countries.

Mike currently divides his time between London and Ascoli Piceno in the Italian Marche, where he has a home in a converted 14th century convent.

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