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Diaries Volume Two: Power and the People: 2 (Alastair Campbell Diaries 2) Paperback – 7 Jul 2011
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"A fascinating, candid account of recent history" (Financial Times)
"Like the Bloomsbury Group of the Twenties, the New Labour clique is churning out an apparently inexhaustible number of memoirs, diaries and memorabilia. Alastair Campbell's diaries are by far the most important record to have emerged. Nothing like them exists in British political writing. They are a product of almost monastic self-discipline. No matter how gruelling the circumstances, Campbell found time to settle down and make a daily record of events, which at the most frenetic times could extend to several thousand words . . . The account of Blair's wise and agile handling of the crisis that followed the death of Princess Diana is powerful and authentic" (Telegraph)
"Plunging into the second volume of Alastair Campbell's diaries is like opening a Samuel Richardson novel. The tone is breathless and excitable and the dramatic world of backstabbing, tittle-tattle and palace intrigue is instantly captivating. Historians will scour the book for valuable new information. Practitioners of media management will regard it as a classic" (Spectator)
"The real value of the 'complete' diaries lie in their total immersion in the fierce urgency of the present tense . . . The diaries capture what seemed to be important at the time, without knowing where it would lead or what was coming next. So, huge issues creep up without historical fanfare, as the author, at the end of a long day, has no idea how important they will seem the next day . . . Campbell is a great diarist, and precisely because he is not a stylist. His is spare, Orwellian prose, compelling by virtue of his position and his narrative grip - a favourite Campbell word. Whatever you think of Blair and the Blair years, this is what is was like at the time." (John Rentoul Independent on Sunday)
"It should be required reading for coalition MPs because, despite a sometimes exhausting level of detail, there is still no better minute-by-minute account of what life is like at No.10." (Gaby Hinsliff Guardian)
The second volume of Campbell's riveting diaries, rejoining New Labour as they come into power.See all Product Description
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If you want a brief overview of Alastair Campbell's diaries I would advice you to get the "Blair Years" otherwise buy the complete diaries for the day to day events that show the ups and downs, highlights and stagnation (slightly boring parts) of the worlds most famous Spin Doctor and Communications Director.
So please don't buy this book and then write a awful review of 1-2 stars because you don't like the man, to much repetitiveness (its a diary not a story), parts are the same as the "Blair Years or because you want see the book fail!
It has been clearly stated by Alastair on the "One Show", "Book Talk", "Five Live" etc what these books are and what they are in comparison to the Blair years so research for a mere 5 minutes before purchasing otherwise you may be displeased.
My view finally is that the book is great, Ive got the "Blair Years" and with the release of these 2 books it has given be an incite into the sheer hatred between the "Big 4", the back stabbing that is constantly witnessed and so on. Above all it has helped me with my Education.
This is by and large a disappointing read and for two reasons. Firstly (and having just finished the book) all you need to know are these facts, as written by Alistair himself. Alistair is completely overworked. Nobody can do their job properly which means Alistair has to step in all the time to do other peoples jobs. People outside the government constantly comment on what a good job Alistair is doing. And that's all you need to know. Oh, and all that 'Political Spin' that the press were banging on about during that time? A whole load of tosh and codswallop.
While reading this book i was constantly reminded how homogenised and vanilla mostly every aspect of Alistair's dealings with Blair were. I found out a couple of weeks ago that a more 'warts and all' version of this book will be re-issued in the future. I feel very cheated, though not financially for buying this book, but in the time i spent investing into reading something that clearly isn't what it's stacked up to be.
Vol 3 will not be on my Amazon Wish-list
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Having now read all four of AC's "Power" series of diaries it is this volume that I consider the best. Read morePublished on 28 Jan. 2013 by P. Ward
Still reading it but it is very good and gives a good insight into the Blair years! I have the Kindle version I like my KindlePublished on 7 Oct. 2012 by Mike P
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