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Adam Boulton
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1 Oct 2009
Adam Boulton uses the events of Blair's last hundred days to identify key moments in his premiership and follows him intimately through his final days in office. The veteran political journalist witnesses the so-called 'Blairwell Tour' as the caravan travels from Westminster to Washington, Iraq, South Africa, the EU, the G8, Northern Ireland, the Sedgefield constituency, Chequers and beyond. Boulton traces these celebrations back to the key incidents, achievements and mistakes of the Prime Minister's ten years in power and measures him against his immediate predecessors and the rival who succeeded him, Gordon Brown. He provides fascinating insights into the Blair-Brown conflict, the decision making that led to the Iraq war, the pressures on the Blair family and the fraught and febrile relationship between Number 10 and the media.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (1 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847392725
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847392725
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 773,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great political gossip 1 Dec 2008
By Ruthie
Adam Boulton's book is the best sort of political gossip - accurate but entertaining. I thought it was the most open and revealing commentary on UK politics since Alan Clark's diaries. It's a must for anyone wanting an unbiased insight into Blair's premiership. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I admire Adam Boulton's television reporting. He is always professional, even-handed and never seems to fall victim to self-regard. His interviews typically consist of short questions, and he maintains his appearance of respect for the interviewee. I am also aware that his second wife was a key player in Tony Blair's inner circle, though this didn't ever seem to affect his reporting. For all the above reasons, I was happy to pick up this book which I thought might give a measured review of the Blair years from a close observer.
Oh dear! The book has the usual journalistic gripes - endless waits following politicians around; no food, no sleep, poor communications etc; it has the usual views of Blair - too photogenic, obsessed with spin, overly impressed with his own abilities, happy to allow his associates to do the dirty work and/or suffer their own fates.
It explicitly follows Blairs last days from 1/May/2007 to the end of June the same year - it seems so long ago now!. Blair's farewell tours, the leaks and dissimulation about his attempts to set up a lucrative career and his attempts to stay on the World stage are balefully described. Even the title of the book - named after a John Updike's novel - is threadbare and second hand. The only good point I can see about this book is that Boulton's wife refused to participate in it, and he had enough sense not to use any material that may have been attributable to her. The fact that whats not in the book is its highlight says it all. A real disappointment.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read by Adam Boulton 2 Dec 2008
By Carla D
This book is much better than political diaries, which merely document the diarists thoughts. Boulton gives a well thought-out commentary alongside some fabulous gossipy titbits on Tony Blair and the characters who surrounded him. The fact that the author was an impartial observer makes it a more believable and honest account.
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1.0 out of 5 stars There are much better books about this subject 24 Oct 2013
Boulton says nothing new or insightful about Blair's years in Downing Street.Much better buying Andrew Rawnsley's two volume work,or Alistair Campbell's diaries,all of which are available as cheap second-hand deals here on Amazon UK.
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The book follows Tony Blair's career as PM. The author chose to focus on one subject at a time rather than recount in chronological order. I found this a little annoying first but actually it works to great effect when covering major subjects such as The Troubles, Iraq, Europe, Brown, spin, etc. I'm actually impressed how Boulton gives a pretty objective account when his wife was very closely involved with New Labour and the Blair regime in particular. Having said that, the book only confirms things that most people know about Tony Blair with very little new things to offer apart from background research on the people and events that affected Tony Blair's political career. Overall, a fairly good read but do not expect it to uncover any mysteries.
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