A Journey

A Journey

My Political Life

Book - 2010
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Tony Blair is a politician who defines our times. His emergence as Labour Party leader in 1994 marked a seismic shift in British politics. Within a few short years, he had transformed his party and rallied the country behind him, becoming prime minister in 1997 with the biggest victory in Labour's history, and bringing to an end eighteen years of Conservative government. He took Labour to a historic three terms in office as Britain's dominant political figure of the last two decades.

A Journey is Tony Blair's firsthand account of his years in office and beyond. Here he describes for the first time his role in shaping our recent history, from the aftermath of Princess Diana's death to the war on terror. He reveals the leadership decisions that were necessary to reinvent his party, the relationships with colleagues including Gordon Brown, the grueling negotiations for peace in Northern Ireland, the implementation of the biggest reforms to public services in Britain since 1945, and his relationships with leaders on the world stage--Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton, Vladimir Putin, George W. Bush. He analyzes the belief in ethical intervention that led to his decisions to go to war in Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, and, most controversially of all, in Iraq.

A Journey is a book about the nature and uses of political power. In frank, unflinching, often wry detail, Tony Blair charts the ups and downs of his career to provide insight into the man as well as the politician and statesman. He explores the challenges of leadership, and the ramifications of standing up, clearly and forcefully, for what one believes in. He also looks ahead, to emerging power relationships and economies, addressing the vital issues and complexities of our global world.

Few British prime ministers have shaped the nation's course as profoundly as Tony Blair, and his achievements and his legacy will be debated for years to come. Here, uniquely, we have his own journey, in his own words.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307269836
Characteristics: xvi, 700 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 25 cm


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Mar 14, 2015

A consequential leader, who served at a consequential time.

Aug 22, 2011

I am sure that the author had much to tell about his time in office that would have been fascinating. However, his writing is difficult to read through and full of unnecessary details. I gave up after the first chapter and just read the portion about the death of Princess Diana.

Dec 02, 2010

The book is a poltical memoir and a first-hand account of Tony Blair's role in U.K. and international affairs.

The book, to some extent, relates the ups and downs of his political life. He explores the challenges of leadership and the controversial participation in he US-led Iraq war.

Beautifully written. English is superb.

debwalker Oct 19, 2010

Chosen as Simon Winchester as his book of the year: "I read Tony Blair’s memoir A Journey: My Political Life in Australia, far from the madding crowd of anger and hysteria that first enveloped it back home in Britain (though I did indeed discover it mischievously re-catalogued under Crime Fiction in a bookstore in Brisbane, as some London wits had suggested it deserved).

"I didn't enjoy it; I wasn't challenged by it; nor was I moved by it, at least, not in the usual sense. But the commissioning note from the Globe also asked if any book from 2010 had provoked – and this one had, and in spades.

"It provoked in me inestimable feelings of a deep disappointment, derived from the astonishment that Britain's political system, and her sheep-like, TV-obsessed voting public, had ever handed the reins of a government that had once been in the hands of such as Gladstone, Disraeli, Salisbury, Lloyd George and Macmillan (not to mention the greatest of them all) to so mediocre, vain, mendacious, tawdry and intellectually shabby a figure as this memoir's author. I want Tony Blair forgotten, and swiftly; my fond hope is that this book's sheer awfulness – maybe provocative in 2010, but surely not for long thereafter – will perhaps help begin the necessary blotting-out."


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