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Diaries Volume One: Prelude to Power (The Alastair Campbell Diaries Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Alastair Campbell
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Book Description

As Alastair Campbell said in the introduction to The Blair Years, it was always his intention to publish the full version, covering his time as spokesman and chief strategist to Tony Blair. Prelude to Power is the first of four volumes, and covers the early days of New Labour, culminating in their victory at the polls in 1997.

Volume 1 details the extraordinary tensions between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown as they resolved the question as to which one should stand to become Labour leader. It shows that right from the start, relations at the top were prone to enormous strain, suspicions and accusations of betrayal. Yet it also shows the political and personal bonds that tied them together, and which made them one of the most feared and respected electoral machines anywhere in the world.

A story of politics in the raw, Prelude to Power is above all an intimate, detailed portrait of the people who have done so much to shape modern history.

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    "Campbell is a compelling diarist ... The Campbell Diaries provide the fullest insider account so far of new Labour's ascent to power" (The Times)

    "Hugely gripping . . . all of human life is here. It makes The Thick of It look tame. And sane" (Sunday Times)

    "Campbell's world is the brutal, angry, hard-driven, jokey, football-crazed and intensely male world of tabloid journalism. He is a fluent and industrious reporter, with amazing stamina" (The Telegraph)

    "There are plenty of nuggets here that are fascinating, some passages that make you wince and others that are gripping. It has historical value" (Observer)

    "Campbell is a fluent and industrious reporter, with amazing stamina" (Daily Telegraph)

    Book Description

    The Blair Years was a taster. Prelude to Power reveals the diairies uncut. And it is just the beginning.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1287 KB
    • Print Length: 800 pages
    • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital; Reprint edition (9 July 2010)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B003V8BCNW
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #122,817 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Alastair Campbell was born in Keighley, Yorkshire in 1957, the son of a vet. Having graduated from Cambridge University in modern languages, he went into journalism, principally with the Mirror Group. When Tony Blair became leader of the Labour Party, Campbell worked for him first as press secretary, then as official spokesman and director of communications and strategy from 1994 to 2003. He continued to act as an advisor to Mr Blair and the Labour Party, including during the 2005 election campaign. Since then, he has been engaged mainly in writing, public speaking and working for Leukaemia Research, where he is chairman of fundraising.

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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars an autobiography would of been a lot better 20 Oct. 2012
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    Ac is an incredibly interesting character with a fantastic story to tell. Unfortunately the way he tells it spoils it for me. I get it, he's printed it the way he wrote it, as quite a shorthand quick account. But for me this format lacks real thought provoking elements and is frankly difficult to read.

    It is good at getting across the sense of the always on pressure of politics and his personal life certainly suffers as a result. But there are only so many times you can read "GB and PM aren't getting on at all at the moment" before it becomes annoying.

    Equally he seems to take for granted that the reader knows all the background to events

    I enjoyed reading to get a sense of politics but I will not be reading volumes 2,3,4.

    I hope he writes an autobiography because this is just written too poorly to really enjoy
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 21 Aug. 2011
    Format:Kindle Edition
    To read a diary really allows you to be there. Yes of course this is Campbell oriented ~ it is a diary but what a fascinating account. Very easy to read.
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    3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Full of energy, politics and a bit of gossip 9 May 2013
    Having read Burden of Power (Campbell's most recent published diary) I decided to go back to the beginning. There does seem to be a distinct difference in pace between the two books, Campbell appears to have much more energy in Prelude to Power. Prelude to Power is an interesting account, particularly if you look at it against the current backdrop of Labour gearing up towards the 2015 general election.
    The style of writing can take a little bit of getting used to, but it is worth keeping going, clearly concisely written with just the right amount of gossip. My sole criticism is that the print is too small, which can be off-putting.
    All in all worth a read.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic series. 7 Jun. 2015
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Campbell's diaries provide a view of what was happening inside new Labour as it happened. This opening chapter sets the scene and positions the main players up to the 1997 election. A fantastic series.
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