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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (4 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847372538
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847372536
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.8 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A compelling account . . . rich with historical detail, penetrating in its analysis and entertaining in its anecdotes . . . the sharpest contemporary account I have read' --Observer

'An enthralling history . . . It should be required reading for those on both sides [of the divide]' --Sunday Times

`On the back of this book is a testimonial from Matthew Parris: "Entertaining, convincing and thorough . . ." Amen to that, I say. Every word is true' --Peregrine Worsthorne, New Statesman

`An elegant and well-grounded survey of relations between premiers and press in the UK over the past century` --Financial Times

`Lance Price is better placed than most to write about `spin' in politics, having worked as a BBC political reporter and as Alistair Campbell's deputy in Downing Street' --The Spectator

`Witty, well-informed and extremely readable... Price's historical account is important, because this is rarely explored ground until the modern era' --Guardian

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Margot J. Dunn on 24 April 2010
Format: Hardcover
I bought Lance Price's book specifically for the chapters on Tony Blair and Gordon Brown and read them together with his frightening The Spin Doctor's Diary. I have lent the books to friends who have had exactly the same reactions to both books that I have had. The Spin Doctor's Diary is a masterclass how to spin and lie and the Where the Power Lies sets it in context.

With the aid of these two books you will never again be taken in by the lies and spin of politicians from both the major parties. You will see how it is done and how they keep on doing it. The newspapers of course collude since the press releases handed out saves them the bother of actually ferreting out the truth.

The books are a fascinating peek into the corridors of power not normally on view and usually kept well-hidden. After all if we all found out we had been lied to where would politics be? They are also incidentally a good read!

PS have just purchased Andrew Rawnsley's book and watched in fascination as the spin doctors had a go at him and his backstage/frontstage story
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Annie on 22 April 2010
Format: Hardcover
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. This is a perfect read for anyone with the barest interest in: history, journalism, current affairs. A book balanced between recounting past PMs and dissecting the recent past, this will give anyone a thorough grounding in the gaffes and ingenious policies of times gone by. I especially liked Price's forthright comments about the "new" state of play between journos and politicos since the expenses crisis. Fantastic reading altogether.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trevor J. Morris on 11 Jan 2012
Format: Paperback
This is a thoughtful and very readable book.Price combines knowledge drawn from his previous experience as a journalist and political spin doctor with a thoughtful and objective view of the often tense relationship between the media and politicians.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Akash on 26 Jun 2012
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I had bought Lance Price's ''The Spin Doctor's Diary'' which I haven't enjoyed as much as this. The book is well written with tons and tons of information that will make you gasp in horror. My favourite quote from the book thus far (as I haven't read all of it) has to be when Lloyd George had a party and one of the guests was Oswald Mosley the British fascist leader. Oswald remarked ''this will hit the roof if it gets out''. Lloyd George then replied '' My dear boy if everything I have done in this hotel during the last 40 years had got out, you have no idea how many times I would have had to retire from politics''.
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