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  • Hardcover: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Hutchinson; Unabridged edition (20 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091797314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091797317
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 276,368 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 fascinating, candid account of recent history" (Financial Times)

"Like the Bloomsbury Group of the Twenties, the New Labour clique is churning out an apparently inexhaustible number of memoirs, diaries and memorabilia. Alastair Campbell's diaries are by far the most important record to have emerged. Nothing like them exists in British political writing. They are a product of almost monastic self-discipline. No matter how gruelling the circumstances, Campbell found time to settle down and make a daily record of events, which at the most frenetic times could extend to several thousand words . . . The account of Blair's wise and agile handling of the crisis that followed the death of Princess Diana is powerful and authentic" (Telegraph)

"Plunging into the second volume of Alastair Campbell's diaries is like opening a Samuel Richardson novel. The tone is breathless and excitable and the dramatic world of backstabbing, tittle-tattle and palace intrigue is instantly captivating. Historians will scour the book for valuable new information. Practitioners of media management will regard it as a classic" (Spectator)

"The real value of the 'complete' diaries lie in their total immersion in the fierce urgency of the present tense . . . The diaries capture what seemed to be important at the time, without knowing where it would lead or what was coming next. So, huge issues creep up without historical fanfare, as the author, at the end of a long day, has no idea how important they will seem the next day . . . Campbell is a great diarist, and precisely because he is not a stylist. His is spare, Orwellian prose, compelling by virtue of his position and his narrative grip - a favourite Campbell word. Whatever you think of Blair and the Blair years, this is what is was like at the time." (John Rentoul Independent on Sunday)

"It should be required reading for coalition MPs because, despite a sometimes exhausting level of detail, there is still no better minute-by-minute account of what life is like at No.10." (Gaby Hinsliff Guardian)

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The second volume of Campbell's riveting diaries, rejoining New Labour as they come into power.

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Robert Frost on 27 Feb. 2011
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I think its wrong to say that most of what you find in this book can be found in the Blair Years. Unless it has super natural powers how can a book of 700 pages house a book that is 800 pages and contains 4 diaries in 1!

If you want a brief overview of Alastair Campbell's diaries I would advice you to get the "Blair Years" otherwise buy the complete diaries for the day to day events that show the ups and downs, highlights and stagnation (slightly boring parts) of the worlds most famous Spin Doctor and Communications Director.

So please don't buy this book and then write a awful review of 1-2 stars because you don't like the man, to much repetitiveness (its a diary not a story), parts are the same as the "Blair Years or because you want see the book fail!

It has been clearly stated by Alastair on the "One Show", "Book Talk", "Five Live" etc what these books are and what they are in comparison to the Blair years so research for a mere 5 minutes before purchasing otherwise you may be displeased.

My view finally is that the book is great, Ive got the "Blair Years" and with the release of these 2 books it has given be an incite into the sheer hatred between the "Big 4", the back stabbing that is constantly witnessed and so on. Above all it has helped me with my Education.

Thanks
Rob
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10 of 19 people found the following review helpful By jackie on 8 Feb. 2011
Format: Hardcover
To be honest, I feel a bit let down by this book. It repeats information that has been covered in the first book about the Blair governement and time in opposition - which is interesting (well it was the first time i read it!) There are some new areas, however, the vast majority of the book is a repeat of material in Campbell's first book. In hindsight I wouldnt have purchased the book had I been aware of the contents.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. reynolds on 31 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
I bought this as i wasn't going to buy Tony Blair's diaries and definitely not going to touch Peter Mandelson's ramblings . So where better to go than the 'mouth-piece' of Tony himself?

This is by and large a disappointing read and for two reasons. Firstly (and having just finished the book) all you need to know are these facts, as written by Alistair himself. Alistair is completely overworked. Nobody can do their job properly which means Alistair has to step in all the time to do other peoples jobs. People outside the government constantly comment on what a good job Alistair is doing. And that's all you need to know. Oh, and all that 'Political Spin' that the press were banging on about during that time? A whole load of tosh and codswallop.

While reading this book i was constantly reminded how homogenised and vanilla mostly every aspect of Alistair's dealings with Blair were. I found out a couple of weeks ago that a more 'warts and all' version of this book will be re-issued in the future. I feel very cheated, though not financially for buying this book, but in the time i spent investing into reading something that clearly isn't what it's stacked up to be.

Vol 3 will not be on my Amazon Wish-list
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Holden on 5 Feb. 2012
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Having already read the first book (Prelude to Power 1994-1997) I pretty much knew I would enjoy this book, and it didn't fail to live up to my expectations. Recommended to anyone interested in recent political history whichever side of the political fence you happen to sit.
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