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A Journey: My Political Life by [Tony Blair]

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-Especially welcome.- Luckily A Journey is not one of those leaden bricks of official reminiscence.- The tone is confiding, informal and forthright . . . A Journey is a deeply personal book, full of candid revelations . . . It provides a priceless glimpse into the mind of the man who devoted himself to the transformation [of the Labour party]-and who stood by America in some of its darkest recent hours.-
----------- -Martin Rubin,
The Wall Street Journal
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-Engaging and insightful . . . A better than usual contribution to the literary genre of political memoir.-
----------- -Claude R. Marx,
The Boston Globe
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-Well-written and perhaps unintentionally self-revealing . . . Blair reveals himself through his thrusting political ambition, his rationales for decisions, his preoccupation with public image and his determination to play a prominent role on the world stage.-
----------- -Leonard Downie Jr.,
The Washington Post Book World
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-Fluently written . . . Engaging . . . Some of the most quoted bits of this book will doubtless include Mr. Blair-s thumbnail sketches of colleagues and acquaintances.-
----------- -Michiko Kakutani,
The New York Times
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-That Blair was a formidable politician can be seen in the glimpses we get of how his mind works . . . You are left thinking two things: that it would be a blessing if some of today-s politicians took note . . . and that, whatever your view of Blair, you still wouldn-t want to take him on in an election.-
----------- -John Lanchester,
The New Yorker...

From Publishers Weekly

Critics who dubbed Britain's ex-prime minister "Tony Blur" for his allegedly substance-free politics swaddled in gauzy PR won't have their minds changed by this nebulous memoir. Blair's brief for his "ground-breaking" New Labour platform reads like a marketing plan: it's all about middle-class "aspiration," "focusing on the developing tastes of consumers," and "modernization," the glossed-over particulars being a muddle of small-bore education, health-care and law-and-order initiatives. The Iraq War is a similar "battle between modernizers and reactionaries," according to Blair's high-minded justification, a battle which would have gone well but for the meddling of Al Qaeda and Iran. He writes like an ad executive--"it had to be dignified, it had to be different, and it had to be Diana," he says of the laudably "modern" princess's funeral--but his candor can be bracing. He paints comic scenes of excruciating audiences with dull dignitaries and the weekly torment of Prime Minister's Questions, is nakedly spiteful toward his Labour rival and successor Gordon Brown, and never hides his preoccupation with image-crafting and media relations. ("Look like a prime minister," he reminds himself on election night.) Blair reveals himself to be savvy, charming, and sometimes earnest and impassioned, but never quite a statesman. (Sept. 2) (c)
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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B003F3PMLG
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Vintage; Reprint edition (September 2, 2010)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 2, 2010
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 17125 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 753 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0307269833
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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Tony Blair was born in Edinburgh in 1953. He became MP for Sedgefield in 1983, leader of the Labour Party in 1994 and prime minister of the United Kingdom from May 1997 to June 2007.

Since leaving Downing Street, Tony Blair has served as the Quartet Representative to the Middle East. He represents the USA, UN, Russia and EU, working with the Palestinians to prepare for statehood as part of the international community’s effort to secure peace.

In May 2008 he launched the Tony Blair Faith Foundation which promotes respect and understanding between the major religions and makes the case for faith as a force for good in the modern world.

His Africa Governance Initiative delivers projects in Rwanda and Sierra Leone and Liberia, advising the leaders and their governments on policy delivery and attracting investment.

As the first major head of government to bring climate change to the top of the international political agenda at the 2005 G8 summit, Tony Blair works with world leaders to build consensus on an international climate policy framework.

In recognition of his debt to the North East of England, he has launched The Tony Blair Sports Foundation, to increase opportunities for young people to participate in sport.

He is married to Cherie Booth QC, and they have four children.

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