The Alastair Campbell Diaries, Vol. 1: Prelude to Power 1994-1997 Hardcover – 1 Jun 2010
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"There are plenty of nuggets here that are fascinating, some passages that make you wince and others that are gripping. It has historical value." (Observer)
"Campbell is a compelling diarist . . . [with] vivid set pieces . . . The Campbell Diaries provide the fullest insider account so far of new Labour's ascent to power." (The Times)
"Campbell's world is the brutal, angry, hard-driven, joky, football-crazed and intensely male world of tabloid journalism. He is a fluent and industrious reporter, with amazing stamina: it is quite a feat, at the end of days dealing with the press on Blair's behalf that he managed to get this account down." (Telegraph)
"Hugely gripping . . . all of human life is here. It makes The Thick of It look tame. And sane." (Sunday Times)
"The abundance of extra detail throws up some richly comic moments . . . Campbell's writing has much of the brutal honestly of [Alan] Clark's." (Sunday Telegraph)
The Blair Years was a taster. Prelude to Power reveals the diairies uncut. And it is just the beginning.See all Product Description
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So I expected to be enthralled, infuriated, my blood would boil, passions would rise..... and you know what? This is seriously dull. I mean really really really dull. I took this, Rawnsley's and Mandelson's book on holiday with me (yes I'm that sad) and this was jaw droppingly sooze inducing. Rawnsleys books is terrific, Mandelsons's is self serving tabloid trash but eminently readable. Try them first. If you really get stuck read this - especially if you have insomnia and need an extremely effective cure.............
I write this with disappointment, because I admire Campbell as a political operator and, notwithstanding his book, remain grateful to him for his contribution to the Labour Party.
I was sure the inner workings of power would be fascinating but Campbell renders it so negatively - he's always ill, always unhappy, everyone else is always stupid or malicious in his view - that what might have been exciting becomes overwhelmingly depressing.
If you want to understand the rationale for New Labour, forget this book. If you wish to read of endless meaningless battles over nothing, you'll love it.
As the diaries progress, my disdain for politicians just grew. We let this lot run the country? Self-centred, egotistical, cursed (or blessed) with breathtaking lack of insight, you wouldn't let this bunch run their own nose. If any one of them were a barman at your local pub, you'd never cross the threshold. Colossally dull, self-centred bores. And if Cherie were a barmaid.....
I began to wonder how Campbell managed to stick with them. Obviously it must have been a terrific thrill to feel you were at the centre of power, of convincing yourself that you were making a difference, but as I read of the shenanigans politicians are caught up in it only convinced me more and more of how increasingly irrelevant most of them are. Blair had ten years of so called power. Apart from being remembered for exactly what neither he nor Campbell want to be remembered for, what else did they achieve? When they went, the world turned without them. Not surprising really, after reading these diaries, because this lot hardly recognised the world outside that of their own limited viewpoint. They were their own world.Read more ›
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Excellent insight into how the Labour Party ran its communicationsPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fantastic item and in brilliant condition. Alot cheaper than on the high street. A must have book. One ive been wanting to read for a long time. Read morePublished 9 months ago by rhiannonmould116
Alastair Campbell is undoubtably one of the most controversial figures of the 'Blair years'. Master of the dark arts of spin doctoring and formidable character he can justifyingly... Read morePublished on 19 Aug. 2011 by Neilybags
This is one of the most tedious boring books, let alone diaries, I have ever read. I imagine that it might be interesting to the hard-core (not meant to be a reference to... Read morePublished on 9 Oct. 2010 by Ian Millard
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