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4.0 out of 5 stars The Assassination of Gordon Brown
Tom Bower has written a hatchet-job par excellence here that shows us almost completely the negative side of Gordon Brown. Brown was a pivotal figure in what was, in effect, a co-premiership. To give Bower due credit, it is important we know about the frailties and faults of our 'betters' and to be fair, Bower does present 'probable cause' that Brown was more than just...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Unattributed stories - but damning anyway
I have admired Tom Bower for his books on Maxwell and Branson. However, this book seems to me a bit of a hatchet job, not so much in the main facts, but in the occasional snide remark (the fact Brown would occasionally spend £75 on a haircut is juxtaposed with a remark that suggests his choice debars him from an opinion elsewhere. Bower offers what appear to be...
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13 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brown, 4 Jan. 2009
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Minutor (London, Engand) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Gordon Brown: Prime Minister (Paperback)
This book is an eye-opener and a damning indictment of Brown. It gives an insight into the New Labour machine and Brown's alleged nefarious activities.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One sided?, 18 Jun. 2014
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This is an absolutely damming biography. If even only some of it is true then Gordon Brown must have been a very difficult man to work with! My only doubt is whether the authors hostility to him has led to an overly negative picture. Can it really be true that Brown refused to share a plane with Robin Cook because he hated him do much? The picture is of a man ruthlessly pursuing power, obsessive, vindictive, holding grudges and prone to violent temper outbursts. Is this too one sided? He, unlike Tony Blair, has not enriched himself since leaving politics. I can't help feeling that the better side of Gordon Brown has been missed here. A good read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars "Hello-style" Biography, 8 April 2008
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This review is from: Gordon Brown: Prime Minister (Paperback)
Tom Bower's book is disappointing from several standpoints.
The first is that most of his quotations are unattributed. This really questions whether they were true. Or, did he just make them up and embroider them a bit? This devalues the whole text - what can we believe?

Then, he occasionally tells us that "X" thought something, when I am sure that he had no way of knowing what that person was thinking at that time. Wishful thinking perhaps.

He has taken the majority of his material from newspapers and we all know how inaccurate and biased they are! He doesn't seem to read books.

This book was serious waste of paper; it jumped to conclusions without substantiating them. It wanted to prove a point but just screamed headlines instead. It was not a balanced political biography.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great Fiction!, 29 Mar. 2009
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Ukhuman1st "Mike" (Gloucester, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Gordon Brown: Prime Minister (Paperback)
This is a wonderful book of fiction that takes an ordinary human being and turns him into a raving, sulking, obsessive and vengeful individual who can do nothing right, and whose only apparent successes over the last 12 years are all down to a wonderful Tory Government that put the world to rights before he took over. I am sure that if George Galloway wrote a biography of Margaret Thatcher, he would be hard pushed to make it any more one-sided even if he wanted to do. It is full of unattributed back-biting sneers from his political enemies which will no doubt play well to the new Etonians and blue rinses of the Tory party but its total lack of balance means that any truths that might lie within it are lost in the invective. An interesting read but one to be taken with a large pinch of salt.
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2.0 out of 5 stars An unfair victimisation, 17 Dec. 2007
This review is from: Gordon Brown: Prime Minister (Paperback)
This book fails as the serous political biography it so desperately wants to be.
Half way through the book the bottom line is Bower does not like Brown and has decided to write one long personal desiccation of the new prime Minster's character that would be more suited for the pages of Heat magazine and often has the clarity and balance of a tabloid columnist. Brown is often painted in a negative light thought out the many pages a emotionally incompetent controlling unemphatic and weak willed man is sketched out for the reader one wonders if this book were ghost written by one of Browns many political foes.
We learn nothing of Browns philosophies his formative years rushed through in style befitting a Harold Robins novel. The writing style is gossipy and he said she said is the main melody. Brown's reactions to situations seem presumptuous or to be blunt fictionalized to add more paprika to this more then spiced enough mix obscuring it's bland premises.
You can imagine a group of secondary school girls or office stooges gossip about their headmaster or manager in this kind of fashion.
The book is a time pass to Bower's credit it is easy to get into but I'm sure I will finish it none the wiser on who Gordon Brown really is and what he really stand's for.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Gordon Brown Bowerised In Awful, Inaccurate Book: Do Not Buy, 27 July 2007
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Mr. G. Hassan "The Bungo Boy" (Glasgow, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Gordon Brown: Prime Minister (Paperback)
What a strange book this is and what an irritating, badly written, badly executed, pointless book it is. Sitting reading it you have check yourself time and time again as Bower gets facts wrong and calls judgements completely inaccurately so such an extent that you can barely trust anything in this book! Did the Tories win in 1992; did Blair become Labour leader in 1994.

It is frankly a shockingly amateurish book and one that has butchered the ingredients of Paul Routledge's Gordon Brown book (another equally problematic book but for very different reasons). More than half the quotes used in the book have no citations, with many taken from Routledge with no acknowledgement.

Bower books are simple tales of power and its misuse. He started with the Nazis, then did Al-Fayed followed by Maxwell, and his black and white tales of misdemeanours and mighty men continues into how he tackles Brown. In the acknowledgments he claims that Brown agreed to be interviewed, only to eventually never return Bower's calls; he takes great pleasure recounting this and says that he revels in challenging `the rich and powerful'. Well Brown is not the former, never has been and never will.

Where can you start about how bad this book is? It has no feel for politics. It is written in the style and content of someone from a foreign land writing about a distant culture they no nothing of, but have speed read a few books on. In Bower's universe such things as public duty, believing in public good, etc, just don't get a mention. And as for ideas, ideology, values, these are alien concepts to Bower.

The mistakes and misunderstandings are laughable in a book that clearly has a Bower industry of researchers and workers behind it. To take just a few idiotic descriptions, John Smith is called a `command control' socialist, Peter Hain a believer in `full socialism', whatever that is. Factual errors abound: Tony Benn and the Militant Tendency are conflated, Donald Dewar is cited as a MP from 1966 (he lost his seat in 1970 and re-entered Parliament in 1978), Tony Wright, a senior MP is called a councillor in 1994 (when he has been a MP since 1983). In one sentence, Bower begins about George Galloway he writes, `Galloway, a Catholic from the West Coast' which is wrong on both counts. He was born in Dundee on the East Coast where he made his name and was brought up a Protestant and has never been a Catholic.

You get the impression that Bower knows nothing about politics, very little about Labour and Labour history and politics, and nothing about Scotland and Scottish politics.

A pointless, awful book and whatever your opinions about Gordon Brown he deserves better!
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