Shortlisted for the Galaxy Biography of the Year 2010.
October 2010 Good Housekeeping selection.
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair releases his memoir A Journey, which charts the successes and controversies surrounding his time as premier and tells us more about Iraq, his complex relationship with Gordon Brown and how it feels to be responsible for running the country. This memoir provides a tantalising glimpse of the man behind the politics.
In 1997, Tony Blair won the biggest Labour victory in history to sweep the party to power and end eighteen years of Conservative government. He has been one of the most dynamic leaders of modern times; few British prime ministers have shaped the nation's course as profoundly as Blair during his ten years in power, and his achievements and his legacy will be debated for years to come. Now his memoirs reveal in intimate detail this unique political and personal journey, providing an insight into the man, the politician and the statesman, and charting successes, controversies and disappointments with an extraordinary candour. A Journey will prove essential and compulsive reading for anyone who wants to understand the complexities of our global world. As an account of the nature and uses of power, it will also have a readership that extends well beyond politics, to all those who want to understand the challenges of leadership today.
On publication of Tony Blair’s memoirs the Press instantly rooted out what bits of scandal there were relating to Gordon Brown and what Blair had to say about Iraq. There is plenty concerning both, but to focus on those two elements is to ignore much else about the Blair years. Blair revels in the spin put on his image as a ‘regular sorta guy’, but his memoirs reveal a messianic outlook and a penchant for making money that mark him out as anything other than regular. The ex-PM’s relationship with George W Bush is dealt with in great detail while leaving many questions begging, in particular the issue of how big an influence he had on the President when it came to war. Some of Blair’s writing is trite, such as his description of the Queen as ‘very queenly’, but behind the smugness and the self-congratulation there is humility too, and also hints of a profound political brain driven by ambition.
Publication date: 01/09/2010
Publisher: Hutchinson an imprint of Cornerstone
|Publication date:||1st September 2010|
|Publisher:||Hutchinson an imprint of Cornerstone|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography,|
Tony Blair was born in Edinburgh in 1953. He became MP for Sedgefield in 1983, leader of the Labour Party in 1994, and was prime minister of the United Kingdom from May 1997 to June 2007. Since leaving Downing Street, Tony Blair has served as the Quartet Representative to the Middle East, working with the Palestinians on behalf of the USA, UN, Russia and EU to prepare for statehood as part of the international community’s effort to secure peace.In May 2008 he launched the Tony Blair Faith Foundation which promotes respect and understanding between the major religions and makes the case for faith ...More About Tony Blair