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'Hugely gripping' 'Engrossing' ''Fascinating'
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September 11, 2001 was a day which immediately wrote itself into the history books, and it is the first entry in this volume of Alastair Campbell's diaries. There followed two wars: first Afghanistan, and then, more controversially, Iraq. Campbell describes in detail Tony Blair's discussions with President Bush and other world leaders as the steps to war are taken, and the sense of crisis that engulfs the government after the suicide of weapons inspector David Kelly.
All the while, Blair continues to struggle with two issues that ran throughout his time in government - fighting for peace in Northern Ireland, and trying to make peace with Gordon Brown. And Campbell continues to struggle balancing the needs of his family with one of the most pressurised roles in politics as the media increasingly turn against him. Riveting and revelatory, The Burden of Power is as raw and intimate a portrayal of political life as you are ever likely to read.
'Campbell's great strength is that he tells it like it is' Spectator