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Diaries Volume Three: Power and Responsibility: 3 (Alastair Campbell Diaries) [Hardcover]

Alastair Campbell
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7 July 2011 Alastair Campbell Diaries

POWER & RESPONSIBILITY is the third volume of Alastair Campbell's unique daily account of life at the centre of the Blair government. It begins amid conflict in Kosovo, and ends on September 11, 2001, a day which immediately wrote itself into the history books, changing the course of both the Bush presidency and the Blair premiership.

In this volume, we see that New Labour's honeymoon is well and truly over. In addition to detailing the continuing tensions at the top, here we find graphic accounts of a variety of domestic crises: foot-and-mouth disease and protests over fuel prices which almost brought Britain to a halt. Volume Three includes Peter Mandelson's second resignation, the agonies of the Millennium Dome, and the most unexpected slow-handclapping in memory, when the Women's Institute turned against Tony Blair. Yet despite all the problems - not least the most accident-prone manifesto launch in history, complete with deputy prime minister John Prescott punching a voter - Labour won a second successive landslide election victory. That triumph is intimately recorded here, alongside the high points of this period, such as devolution to Northern Ireland and the fall of Milosevic.


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  • Hardcover: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Hutchinson (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091797365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091797362
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.5 x 4.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 295,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"A compulsively fascinating record" (Daily Telegraph (on Vol. 2))

"A belter" (Independent (on Vol. 2))

"Instantly captivating" (Spectator (on Vol. 2))

"Alastair Campbell's diaries have the quality of Pepys ... people will be looking for insights and finding them in 100 years' time" (Lord Alex Carlile (Vol. 1)) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The third volume of Campbell's compelling diaries, covering 1999 to 2001.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars contemporary history at its best 31 Dec 2011
By markr TOP 500 REVIEWER
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A must for people interested in the events of the last 20 years, the workings of New Labour, the relationships between Blair, Brown, Prescott, Mandelson and and the other key players in and around the last government. Campbell was very much a key figure in all this, and records his impressions and contributions in his daily diary with refreshing and sometimes surprising honesty - it can't be a very comfortable read for Gordon Brown at times. This volume deals with the two years leading up to September 11, 2001 and contains insights onto the relationships with Clinton and Bush as well as numerous domestic issues ranging from foot and mouth to the fuel protests and the general election.

I must admit to being a fan of these diaries - I have read all three volumes so far. If you are interested in politics and want a ringside seat on the events of the last decade, - this may well be a great book for you too, whatever your views of the last government.
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Very interesting and informative giving an insight on behind the scenes on how the Labour Government was run.
Although it is very heavy reading going through the detail of his day to day workload and the pressures on his family life it is stillworth sticking with it too the end.

What was striking was how much effort he had to put in dealing with bruised egos of ministers and their petty arguments, it was amazing anygthing got done!
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More daily insights into the workings (or not) of the Blair government and in particular the continuing battle by Campbell to pull together a fractured communications operation while at the same time fighting running battles with a predominantly negative national media. Some useful lessons for anyone trying to manage a communications agenda - and a powerful antidote for anyone hooked on the glamour of political power. Campbell's style takes you straight back to a time before 9/11.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Government 28 May 2012
By RosaL
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The third volume of AC's diaries are as hypnotic as the previous two. I am one of those, probably rare, people who are addicted to politics and AC's diaries show that government is not easy because government (and opposition) is carried out by human beings with all their foibles. I admire AC for not shying away from putting in the diaries the strain (an understatement) the job puts on him and his family. The diary ends on September 11, 2001 - the day the world changed. I found myself logging on to Amazon to find out when the last volume was to be published - January 2013 - in the meantime, I am now reading Chris Mullin's diaries!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Diaries - Power and Responsibility 6 Mar 2012
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Still to be read, but if anything like his two earlier volumes, it should be a good read and once gain, informative of what Blair and his cahorts got up to with our money..
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