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Under New Labour there were two governments: one official, one largely hidden. The other government belonged to Gordon Brown. Now Steve Richards has created a unique biography of that administration – and a brilliant and understanding portrait of a huge political figure, his personal weaknesses and immense strengths. In so doing Richards, easily one of our best commentators, uncovers the unfashionable truth that politics sometimes matters as much as personalities.
This book has been a long time coming, but it's well worth the wait. Steve Richards is quite simply one of the best in the business. His mix of criticism and compassion has produced the most intelligent take yet on the strange world of Gordon Brown and New Labour.
Steve Richards has been chief political commentator at the Independent since 2000, before which he was a BBC political correspondent and political editor of the New Statesman. He has also written for the Guardian, Observer, Evening Standard and the TLS. He presented Despatch Box on BBC 2 and The Sunday Programme on GMTV. He currently presents Week in Westminster on Radio 4 and is a regular guest on the Today programme, Newsnight and Question Time. In September he will be writing and presenting a major series on Gordon Brown for BBC Radio 4. He was named political journalist of the year in 2009 by the Political Studies Association.
Did not go deep enough for my liking...Steve Richards is too kind.Published 3 months ago by Alexander McKay
Balanced view of Brown in no. 10. Richards get beyond the common myths and cliches around Brown and his close colleaguesPublished 3 months ago by Emma
What a waste of money!
You need to be as desparate as I was to read about this guy but talk about a dry read. Read more
Excellent discourse on the Brown/Blair years. I guess everyone knew about GB's all consuming ambition but Steve Richards give us a brilliant in depth analysis which covers far more... Read morePublished 19 months ago by D avid C
Very readable, with details and inside stories not previously published. Shows why this talented man racked under the pressure of premiership.Published on 31 Jan. 2013 by Thabo
I'm sure I have done this before. Excellent writing style, very pacey read and very thoroughly researched and I would say iif you enjoyed Andrew Rawnsley's book on the subject,... Read morePublished on 24 Jan. 2013 by Gillian Coleman
Gorrdon Brown: you either love him or hate him. I hated him, until I read this book. Then I began to understand this him. Read morePublished on 10 July 2012 by Honrus Publicus
a well researched history of the man, as you would expect,in a sober style which makes you realise that very few of these polititians have any real sense of the fact that they are... Read morePublished on 18 Feb. 2011 by LUCKY
There's one side of a coin, and there's the other.
Richards plumbs down into the depths of the tectonic plates movements circa 2010,
with an insight and subtlety of grasp... Read more