"That’s part of the job of being a writer.There is a falseness to it. You know you meet someone. You… you genuinely like them, but there is an element of facsimile in the friendship that you are creating because it’s going to end the moment the interview is over and you have to – realistically I interview people to get something out of them and they give me interviews because they want something out of me and does that bargaining compromise in every transaction that a writer or journalist carries out?"
Robert Lacey is a British historian and biographer. He wrote the biography Ford (on Henry Ford) and Majesty, on Queen Elizabeth II, and an important book on Saudi Arabia, The Kingdom, among other works.
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