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4.0 out of 5 stars Recent history told first hand, 9 Aug. 2006
This review is from: Spin Doctor's Diary (Paperback)
Lance Price's account of Tony Blair's first term is a fascinating insight into how government - and more specifically a New Labour government - operates. Price was a spin doctor from 1998 until the landslide re-election of Blair's government in 2001. His diaries give an intimate account of how those in power seek to manipulate the media. He is often attempting to "manage" a crisis by putting the best possible spin on a situation - John Prescott punching a member of the public is a notable example. Events are concisely and compellingly told and don't suffer from the lack of narrative some published diaries are afflicted with. The relationship between Gordon Brown and Blair (and their opposing supporters) is also illustrated vividly. A must for anyone interested in British politics, Price's book is both an important account of history and a gripping read.
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