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5.0 out of 5 stars
Definitive, shocking and captivating, 10 Nov. 2010
I've read several of the recently published books on the politics and personalities of New Labour but I think this will be seen in future years as the definitive guide.
Objective, well-researched and written, as many have suggested as almost a thriller, it is illuminating and fascinating. If the Alan Clark Diaries were, in my view, the best commentary on the Thatcher years then I believe this book, at least for now, will hold the same title for the Blair/Brown years.
What I particularly enjoyed was the sense we were getting a very rounded view of a whole host of characters with some great anecdotes thrown in. I have to admit though to feeling a great sense of sadness at the end simply because I wonder what could have been achieved for the country if Blair and Brown had genuinely worked together as partners and not fought like cat and dog for so long. Whose fault? As the book explains it is much more complicated than that.