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The End of the Party
The End of the Party
by Andrew Rawnsley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive, shocking and captivating, 10 Nov. 2010
This review is from: The End of the Party (Paperback)
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.

DC Confidential
DC Confidential
by Sir Christopher Meyer
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What was all the fuss about ?, 24 Jan. 2006
This review is from: DC Confidential (Hardcover)
Be careful - if you are after some warts and all account of what its like to be an insider in the worlds of UK and US politics and the diplomatic comings and goings between London and Washington then you will be sorely dissapointed. This is an interesting book especially the sections covering 9/11 and its aftermath and I came to like and respect Meyer a lot given his genuine efforts to do his upmost for his country. However this is not a classic set of political memoirs along the lines of Alan Clark or Tony Benn and anyone keen to get a taste of the controversy that supposedly so enraged the Labour party and others when this was published will wonder what all the fuss was about.

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