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A Journey [Hardcover]

Tony Blair
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1 Sep 2010
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.

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  • Hardcover: 718 pages
  • Publisher: Hutchinson; 1st edition (1 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009192555X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091925550
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Written in a congenial style peppered with slang and gossipy asides. At one moment he is the bloke in the pub. The next, he is Churchill. --Ben MacIntyre, The Times

This is a more honest political memoir than most and more open in many respects than I had anticipated. He is compellingly candid about how scared he was when he first became prime minister . . . He is unusually direct about his calculations, even when they don't reflect well on him . . . He admits to stretching the truth beyond `breaking point' to secure a settlement in Northern Ireland. Even when the lies are told in a noble cause, few politicians are honest enough to admit that they sometimes feel compelled to be deceivers. --Andrew Rawnsley, Observer

He is by turns outspoken, provocative, unrepentant, often serious, sometimes funny. --David Frost, Al Jazeera

Tony Blair's memoir is part psychodrama, part treatise on the frustrations of leadership in a modern democracy . . . The book's broader purpose is to preserve his legacy, settling scores, justifying the war against Iraq, and mounting a defiant plea to his party to keep faith with New Labour . . . Blair comes across as likable, if manipulative; capable of dissembling while wonderfully fluent; in short, a brilliant modern politician. --Lionel Barber, Financial Times

Will certainly become a bestseller.
--Robert McCrum, Observer

This is substantial, thoughtful book and on the whole well written . . . My judgment is that he has for the most part set down honestly his version of events and attempted seriously to engage with his critics --Chris Mullin, Times

The fascination of the British public with Tony Blair is almost on the scale of his fascination with his own relationship to them --Dominic Lawson, Sunday Times

Really rather splendid --Jan Moir, Daily Mail

Prime Ministerial memoirs are traditionally stuffy, formal and guarded, as though written under police caution. Tony Blair's are nothing of the sort . . . his memoirs are chummy, colloquial, impulsive and rash . . . it is this candour that makes the book so readable --(4 out of 5 star review) Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday

As this book immodestly reveals, Tony Blair was, and remains, a remarkable influence on politics, both domestically and internationally
--Menzies Campbell, Scotland on Sunday

What makes his memoir so absorbing as it swings from clever phrase-making and thoughtful contemporary history to wince-inducing self-analysis, is that he is the first of a generation of politicians to conduct their craft as if observing themselves from an amused an admiring distance - and then to write about it. No recent politician has examines his own motives and psychology quite so candidly -- John Rentoul, Independent

It is the small revelations about the character of Blair that make this book worthwhile --Ross Clark, Express

It's a gripping insight into the ex-PM's ten years of power . . . It will take a lot for many people to read his own take on the rise and fall of New Labour, but those that do might be reminded of the charm and vision that swept him to power --News of the World

I have read many a prime ministerial memoir and none of the other authors has been as self-deprecating, as willing to admit mistakes and to tell jokes against themselves --Mary Ann Sieghart, Independent

Paints a candid picture of his friend and rival, Gordon Brown, and of their relationship
--Patrick Hennessy, Sunday Telegraph

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The memoirs of Tony Blair - a worldwide publishing sensation --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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157 of 178 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genuinely fascinating 3 Dec 2010
I have never liked Tony Blair, never liked Labour and marched against the War. I bought this book from a desire understand why Labour and particularly Tony Blair governed as they did. I could not put the book down and found it genuinely fascinating both as an insight into politics and also the role of the prime minister in modern Britain. Blair is very different from the man I was expecting and a far better man than I would have guessed. Although still against the war, he had by the end convinced me there was an argument both ways. Whilst I consider myself objective, I admit I felt a bit of shame that I definitely fell into the camp that has allowed itself to be led by media opinion of individuals rather than seriously considering a politicians argument on its merits. His reflection on the negative way the media influences politics and public opinion is spot on and this really must change. A lot of reviewers have criticised the personal style the book is written in and in normal circumstances I might agree. However A journey is such a good read that this becomes irrelevant and actually really helps to get inside the mind of a man who is making decisions with historic and grave consequences every day. The analysis of the relationships within the Labour Party is also particularly intriguing. Most of the negative reviews on this site do seem to come at the book with an agenda and also I suspect have not read the entire book or even some of it. Certainly for me it has changed my whole perspective of the New Labour years and its principle architects and is more informative than one hundred second-rate history books on the subject. To sum up, if you have any serious interest in Great Britain and Northern Ireland and its future, this is a book that should definitely be read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling 23 Sep 2013
By Dan
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Thrilling read.

I'm not of any particular political affiliation and regardless of yours I'm sure you will greatly enjoy this book. A Journey takes you through some of the most defining moments of the Blair years. It is not a mere description of what happened, biased for Blair's view, but a vivid account of what it was like to be in the hot seat at some defining moments of recent history - from negotiating for peace in Ireland to the fallout from 9/11 and, of course, Iraq.

A real eyeopener of what it must be like to be a world leader in this 24/7 digital age.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good political autobiography 11 April 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. Regardless of whether or not you agree with Tony Blair and agree with his ideas and policies, it is fascinating to read into his perspective on them. The first chapter is my favourite though; it outlines just what he wanted from his time in office back in 1997, what vision he had of the country - and that vision, whether he achieved it or not, is very inspiring. I would advise everyone to read at least the first chapter - but I think after that, most people would read on anyway! :)
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43 of 52 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but unlikeable 30 Jan 2011
A Journey is the autobiographical account of his time in office by Tony Blair. It's difficult to be objective about a review without your political persuasion getting in the way, but I will try.

For the purposes of transparency, I should state that I didn't vote Labour but I will try, as I said, to be objective.

Firstly, I would recommend this book. I think it gives a valuable insight into the trappings of power, the workings of parliament, the numerous (and diverse) challenges that challenge today's modern politician and indeed, Prime Minister.

The book itself is lengthy, and gives fairly detailed accounts of the key issues that challenged Mr. Blair during his presidency leadership of both the Labour Party and the country. Iraq, Afghanistan, New Labour, Gordon Brown, Fuel Crisis, Irish Peace Talks, the odd scandal, Europe, September 11th, Diana, etc. It's all there and reads like a very modern history, and serves as a good reminder about how much occurred during his leadership.

His writing style is almost conversational, as you might expect if he was recounting verbally to you, which I quite enjoyed and found accessible. It certainly help through some of the longer winded (and to me) less interesting phases of the book.

This review is meant to be a quick review so I am going to cut to the quick with my summation.

In my view he never really answers the Iraq question. His reasons for invading still don't appear to justify it (from a "legal" perspective) but what is clear and I believe is sincere, is the toll the losses from conflict have taken on him mentally. I truly do.

The Tony Blair / Gordon Brown piece, well this is his side.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A man who stands by his believe 10 Mar 2014
By Isaac
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It is good to hear from the man directly, but he still believe that he is right and over 80% of the world is wrong. He was applying his legal training in ruling the country instead using common sense.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 27 May 2013
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Very interesting, love Tony Blair still going through. Would purchase again and in the future will purchase other books narrated by him
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 16 May 2013
By riley36
I enjoyed this book but I was sceptical especially with the content around the IRAQ war. So much happened during his premiership that it is fascinating the variations in how he dealt with key moments in our history 1) Diana's death 2) good friday agreement 3) 9/11 4) IRAQ war are just a few.
It is well written so I would recommend it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish. Don't waste your money
Big disappointment. I expected so much more. Very poorly written in comparison with others I have read by Peter Mandelson and Alistair Darling for example.
Published 1 month ago by William Rendle
4.0 out of 5 stars A revealing journey into the thoughts that drove one of the UK's best...
Love him or not Tony Blair had a massive influence on the lives of British people. In this book he provides his perspective and at times the governing thoughts behind some of the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by OC
4.0 out of 5 stars A Journey
I was impressed by the honest manner this book was written. I have to say that I do not share all of the author's politics, but I wanted to see what he had to say about his time in... Read more
Published 2 months ago by John
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best read out there!
NOT Recommended!

Unless you are really interested about Tony's truth about Gordon B, please read this book. If not, there are much more interesting books available. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Hugo
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Love him or loathe him, this book gives an insight into T.B.'s life. Well written and honest I would suspect.
Published 3 months ago by eira
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick service
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Brought for grandaughter interested in Politics at school,
Interesting informative perspective to read,on a period in time she is able to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by June Atkinson
3.0 out of 5 stars Toy Blair A Journey
OK. Very long winded and overly self righteous. Should be read as a source for substance for criticism.
Good on N Ireland settlement, bad on Iraq and lousy on Gordon Brown.
Published 3 months ago by Horace
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
A really interesting account of Blair's time in office - a little light on the stuff before 1997, but I guess that's not really why people read a PM's autobiography. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sam
3.0 out of 5 stars self justification
Blair was a major disappointment as a labour leader. He tries to justify the unjustifiable-Iraq invasion. Egotistical writing, historical interest
Published 4 months ago by Paul R. Pearce
4.0 out of 5 stars Prime Minister!
Like him or loathe him Tony Blair was Prime Minister of this country for a long period. This book provides a unique analysis into his thought processes and his policy decisions in... Read more
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