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"Sharp-witted, full of surprises and with a great sense of history, Nick Robinson pulls back the curtain on an essential part of the democratic story. For everyone who wants to know more about the long, and sometimes hilarious, mud-wrestle between power and the media - and about the man behind the glasses - this is a must." (Andrew Marr)

"Canny, plain-speaking and fair, Nick Robinson writes as the pentrating insider he is." (Matthew Parris)

"Nick Robinson skips lightly through the great battles between Downing Street and the broadcast media... a fun, well-paced account" (Sunday Times)

"[Robinson] comes across much as he does on television or radio: never at a loss and able to deliver not just the news, but a definitive judgment on it" (Financial Times)

"an intriguing and thoughtful reflection on how politics is reported and the mistakes that are made on both sides when power and the media meet" (The Scotsman)

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85 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Martin Beecroft on 2 Nov. 2012
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The face of Nick Robinson will be familiar to anyone who has watched a BBC News bulletin in recent years and heard those immortal words "Live from Downing Street". I have grown to like Mr Robinson's easy style of reporting political stories, most of which can be pretty heavy going. He has a pleasant easy going manner and explains without patronising the viewer. His book 'Live From Downing Street' follows on in his same easy style making it probably the most enjoyable book on British politics I have ever read.

Mr Robinson's knowledge and insight into the world of politics, and the broadcasting of it, is marvellous. I have found this book extremely interesting and entertaining and quite an eye opener. I can only recommend this book, not only as being highly educational on what at first sight would appear to be a rather dry subject, but, also as a highly entertaining and well researched read. If only more writers could follow Mr Robinson's example of how to write to inform and entertain.

Nick Robinson makes mention of his early years and his friend Will Redhead, sadly killed in a car accident that Nick himself was lucky to survive. Will was of course the son of that 'God' of political broadcasting Brian Redhead, mentor and guide to Mr Robinson in his formative years.

This book deserves to be successful, and I can only say to anyone reading this review, buy it, read it and enjoy it. You won't be disappointed.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr Bookman on 18 Aug. 2013
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This is a gem of a book. I was sceptical at first because I wasn't sure if a journalist could pull off a historical account of the relationship between politicians and the media. I couldn't have been more wrong.

The book is essentially in two parts. The first is an - admittedly, at times, a little dry - overview of the development of lobby journalism. I found this section of the book became more interesting after the invention of the television and creation of the BBC, which Nick Robinson is clearly passionate about. However, the first part is still readable and is more than countered by the second part: a very engaging and gripping account of relations between New Labour and the media and the Leveson inquiry and contains some very illuminating anecdotes about several of the key players. I couldn't put the book down at this point and finished it within a matter of days. Robinson's concluding remarks draw the various strands of the book together with rare skill and leave the reader with some thought-provoking concepts about the future of broadcast news in the 21st century.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone with the least amount of interest in the media or politics - you are guaranteed a page-turner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Baldwin VINE VOICE on 9 Feb. 2014
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This is an exceptionally interesting book written by the BBC’s Political Editor. It is packed with expert political analysis, peppered with some delicious insider gossip. In the book, Robinson vividly conveys what it feels like to be required to offer instant political commentary to a mass audience on the great events of the day. He describes himself as ‘an adrenalin junkie, addicted to those moments when your pulse races, your throat goes dry and you have to take a deep breath and try to convey the drama while retaining your judgement.’

Robinson examines at length ‘the long and rocky forced marriage between politicians and broadcasters’. The strains in that relationship are seen in particularly sharp focus when the nation’s future is at stake when accurate and truthful reporting is likely to collide with what the politicians see as the national interest. There is what Robinson calls a ‘gulf in perspectives’, and many prime ministers have resented what they have seen as disloyalty, even treachery, when broadcasters (especially BBC broadcasters) have refused to take the government’s side.

I thought that the most interesting parts of the book dealt with the efforts made by politicians in the past 50 years to turn radio and television to their advantage. For those who are at ease in front of a camera or a microphone and who can cultivate an appealing political image – and Robinson cites Maggie Thatcher as being ‘prepared to be repackaged, rebranded and sold like a soap powder’ – the rewards of course are immense. But with the passing of the ‘age of deference’, the game has changed: political interviewing has evolved from ‘tame inquiry to fearsome interrogation’ and even the cosiest relations can quickly turn sour.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John R Dench on 9 Dec. 2012
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NR writes well and his accounts of the political interference in the BBC over the years really illustrates why the BBC's reputation has dived since it's early years of neutrality. It is spoilt to a sllght degree by his left wing leanings which clearly come out in his assessment of the Thatcher years. Whilst there is a tentative nod to the economic turn around generated by Thatcher he is clearly reluctant to credit her totally with the succes she had in rescuing the country from the disastrous period of Socialist domination which began in the Wilson era. Generally NR is an excellent political commentator and this publication enhances his already insightful television reporting
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