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A very well written book and a pleasant surprise,
This review is from: A Journey (Hardcover)
When I bought this I did so out of generational interest rather than any pro- oranti-partisan feelings towards Blair. Bottom line, anyone who has led the country in for over ten years is bound to have had a direct influence on your life and so their memoirs are worth exploring. As soon as I started reading, I got a very reassuring feeling about Blair's intentions with the book. And these are not to drone on about historical facts, but rather to open his thought process to you as a reader of what he was going through during his lengthy time in politics. It really is a commendable piece of recollection as to how he evolved as a person with the job, whilst obviously giving his perspective on the times he lived through and shaped. I truly believe he wrote this book with good intentions and honesty at the heart of it, including his explanation of the dynamics between himself and Gordon Brown which when read in full and in context read very differently to the media headlines. Lastly, the book is very entertaining intellectually. Blair is a very smart and man who not only demonstrates a politically sharp mind but also a superlative sense of evolutionary thinking with regards to British society and Britain's role in the world. When I finished the book I didn't necessarily change my views on the points I disagreed with New Labour about. But I did discover a new-found respect for Tony Blair. Worth reading and making your own mind up about the book.
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Initial post: 11 Mar 2011 15:22:02 GMT
Billy Ray Cyrus says:
In June 2010 the Mail on Sunday stated "Tony Blair has become an adviser to Colonel Gaddafi, the Libyan dictator's son has sensationally claimed.
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi said the former prime minister has secured a consultancy role with a state fund that manages the country's £65billion of oil wealth.
In an exclusive interview, Saif described Mr Blair as a 'personal family friend' of the Libyan leader and said he had visited the country 'many, many times' since leaving Downing Street three years ago"
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Apr 2011 18:12:15 BDT
Interesting isn't it? Blair is roundly criticised for taking military action against one Arab despot and is roundly criticised for making peace with another Arab despot. Perhaps the world isn't as simple as some of us would like.
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2011 11:16:16 BDT
Jonathan Wells says:
Do you intend on posting the above in every five star review? I am certainly no Blair lover but you might like to consider that maybe an extreme right wing paper like the Mail on Sunday still has its own axe to grind as far as Blair is concerned?
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