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‘I want to provide a call to action for fellow conservatives who believe in our nation and our way of life and who share my frustration at what has been going wrong with our politics and governance. I want others to heed the warnings of what I saw happening and learn the lessons of the battle I lost.’

Over the course of a decade as a minister, Liz Truss sought to champion limited government and individual freedom in the face of the left-wing political agenda that frames the debate in so many institutions. Ousted by the establishment but still fighting for conservatism, Truss argues here that the rise of authoritarianism and the adoption of fashionable ideas propagated by the global left give us barely a decade to preserve the economic and cultural freedoms and institutions that the West holds so dear.

Peppered with newsworthy anecdotes from Truss’s time in public life – such as her memorable last meeting with Queen Elizabeth II, her confrontations with the regimes in Moscow and Beijing, her encounters with the Trump administration and her dismay at the political class’s attempt to betray Brexit – Ten Years to Save the West is an urgent and impassioned call to conservatives about the radical changes that are needed for us to save the West. Ignore her warning at your peril.


“Liz Truss is right about one big thing – the old establishment economic models are failing. That's bad news for the entire western world. And she is right that the last thing any of us now needs is more socialism, more taxes and more regulation. We need to reject that tiresome refrain of the global left and instead pursue an agenda that unleashes enterprise and boosts economic growth. I commend this invigorating tract!”

Boris Johnson, UK Prime Minister 2019–2022

“By the time former heads of government get around to writing their memoirs, they usually look exclusively backwards, focused only on legacy. This is not the case with former Prime Minister Liz Truss, and we are very fortunate that this is so. Truss is a true movement conservative who has served at the highest levels on the world stage, and in Ten Years to Save the West she diagnoses clearly and vividly the problems she found there. Western conservatism is under attack from inside and out, and this book is required reading for those all over the world who want to defend it. Truss will be a leader in this fight for years to come, and her book pulls no punches in describing the stakes of today and the challenges of tomorrow.”

Mike Lee, United States senator

“Agree or disagree with Liz’s politics, she asks the right questions with an intellectual boldness rarely seen in modern politics. This book is a call to action against a resurgent authoritarian axis threatening freedom around the world and a reminder to keep faith with the values that have led to the greatest rise in prosperity in human history.”

Garry Kasparov, World Chess Champion 1985–2000 and activist for freedom and human rights in Russia and the world

“There are those who watch and those who do. Those who commentate and those who get their hands dirty. The cold and timid critics and those actually in the arena. Liz Truss was in the fiercest arena of all, fighting for free-market principles against entrenched interests, fashionable pundits and hostile officials. In the end, her opponents got the better of her. Now she has had time to mull over what went wrong and what conservatives need to do differently. So, when she of all people tells us how the west can overcome its enemies, foreign and domestic, we should listen.”

Daniel Hannan, Lord Hannan of Kingsclere, former Member of the European Parliament

“This is an outstanding book – fascinating, honest and brutally, tragically true. This courageous woman, who rose from a humble background to the very top by her own hard work and by asking the right questions, refused to join the establishment groupthink, which brought about her downfall. History will be kinder to her than the media was.”

Matt Ridley, science writer, journalist and businessman

“Anyone paying attention knows that we are in the midst of an existential fight for our values and way of life. Liz Truss has been on the front lines of that fight, standing firm against dictators abroad and woke establishment tyranny at home. The odds are stacked against us, but Truss knows what's worth fighting for, and she reminds us in this remarkable book.”

Ted Cruz, United States senator

“A fascinating and terrifying insight into the machinations of orthodox power. Both sweeping in its scope and disarmingly human, Ten Years to Save the West fires the starting gun on the centre-right’s return to the long-abandoned battle pitch of ideas. This eloquent and informed appeal for a new conservative reformist movement – one that is both determinedly ambitious and, with astute humility, learns from our past mistakes – is a must-read on both sides of the Atlantic. Liz Truss makes a rare and urgent case for the rehabilitation of Enlightenment progressivism and the restoration of the West’s self-confidence in a dangerous geopolitical age.”

Sherelle Jacobs, Daily Telegraph columnist

Ten Years to Save the West is a powerful, brutally honest account of why it is so damned difficult to implement the Conservative policies Britain voted for. Liz Truss speaks from bitter experience, but her refusal to accept the defeatist consensus of an arrogant and over-mighty bureaucracy is inspiring and engaging. However personally bruised she may be, this is an undaunted call to arms by a woman who clearly cares passionately about her country – the people’s politician.”

Allison Pearson, bestselling author and Daily Telegraph columnist

“Liz Truss is that rare figure in the political arena today – a genuine leader of principle and conviction, who is willing to stand up and fight for policies that actually advance freedom and defend national sovereignty and self-determination. Ten Years to Save the West is vital and urgent reading for policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic. The West faces an era of dangerous – even irreversible – decline unless it is willing to take action now to defend the very ideals that have driven its greatness. Like Margaret Thatcher before her, Liz is a true friend of the American people, and her spirited message in this book should be heeded on Capitol Hill and in the White House.”

Kevin Roberts, president of the Heritage Foundation

“Liz Truss’s riotous romp of a memoir proves she never stood a chance.”

Tim Stanley, Daily Telegraph

“I think it’s something that should be read by everyone who wants to understand the events of the last ten years. It’s well written, a gripping read at times and thought-provoking. I read it in two sittings and found it unputdownable.”

Iain Dale

“Whatever you may think of Liz Truss, if you like political ideas and argument, this is a provocative and enjoyable read.”

Chris Mason, BBC

“A gripping read.”

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