- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (28 July 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099546094
- ISBN-13: 978-0099546092
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The New Machiavelli: How to Wield Power in the Modern World Paperback – 28 Jul 2011
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This is an interesting book, built around Machiavelli; although in the early part Machiavelli seems to get in the way of the story about the Blair days in power. Indeed, it sounds more like the butler's view of what goes on inside No 10 than a text book on `how to wield power'. The picture however, is entertaining, the garden girls, `switch', the comings and goings of ministers and foreign dignitaries.
The flashes of insight also are fascinating, such as the importance of Blair's Chicago speech of 1999, the role of the PM in the European parliament or the need for Europe to be dealt with by a minister in the cabinet office rather than the FCO and the excellent and illuminating assessment on how to be a bridge between the US and Europe.
The curious use of `we' however, puzzled this reader at first. `We won' might be assumed to refer to Labour, but then `we appointed' or we moved out of Downing St makes it clear that it is a royal we of (the unelected) Powell and the PM.
Some of the best chapters however, are the appraisal of `inquiries', or the muddle over Europe, although one misses a candid analysis of the dominating oppressive presence of the Blair wars. Perhaps the subtext should be `how I hate Gordon Brown' as the latter seems to stray onto most pages in a threatening way.
At the end of the book, one is left with a sense of hiatus - the remarkable (unique?)ten year partnership of PM & chancellor and the reasons behind Blair's loyalty to Brown, are never really addressed.Read more ›
Fascinating how apropos Macheiveli's observations were regarding the wielding of power, but how Powell, after making such interesting comparisons indicating that flakey Blair and the pathetic nightmare that was Brown, ignored most of Machiaveli's advise, that he still considers Blair will go down in history as one of the best Prime Ministers of all time made me laugh out loud.
That the chaos, incompetence, the downright melicious and mendatious game playing that went on behind the scenes of New Labour, was allowed to carry on for such a long time, thus bringing the general publics attitudue to politics and politicians into the gutter, is truly shocking.
An excellent read but a shaming lesson on how not to behave.
Jonathan Powell, Tony Blair's Chief of Staff between 1994-2007, depicts an insider analysis of the Blair government using the ideas of the scheming double-dealing backroom Renaissance philosopher Nicolò Macchiavelli, and tries to rehabilitate the work, legacy and the reputation of his New Labour political chief.Read more ›
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Very interesting book, made me alter some of my opinions of labour politicians and events when they were in power.
An enjoyable easy read.
I didn't agree with all the views (but that's okay) but I did enjoy this book. It gives an insiders view of what goes on in government and is rather more frank about the... Read morePublished 16 months ago by HughB
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