A Journey

A Journey

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In 1997, Tony Blair won the biggest Labour victory in history to sweep the party to power and end 18 years of Conservative government. He has been one of the most dynamic leaders of modern times; few British prime ministers have shaped the nation's course as profoundly as Blair during his ten years in power, and his achievements and his legacy will be debated for years to come. Now his memoirs reveal in intimate detail this unique political and personal journey, providing an insight into the man, the politician and the statesman, and charting successes, controversies and disappointments with an extraordinary candour. "A Journey" will prove essential and compulsive reading for anyone who wants to understand the complexities of our global world. As an account of the nature and uses of power, it will also have a readership that extends well beyond politics, to all those who want to understand the challenges of leadership today.show more

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  • Paperback | 736 pages
  • 146 x 226 x 42mm | 920.79g
  • Cornerstone
  • Hutchinson
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations (chiefly col.), ports. (chiefly col.)
  • 0091925568
  • 9780091925567
  • 228,183

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#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLERA "Financial Times" Best Book Shortlisted for the Galaxy National Book Awards - Tesco Biography of the Year "You cannot help but commiserate, for this is a man (unlike some other world leaders) who has clearly grappled with his conscience. . . . Engaging." "--The Globe and Mail" "I cannot recall a previous memoir by a head of state that is intellectually and emotionally engaging on so many pages." "--The Christian Science Monitor"" ""Engrossing. . . . Blair writes honestly and openly. . . . It is breezy, informal and candid enough to keep the reader thoroughly engaged. . . . Blair is admirably frank and tough-minded." "--The New York Times Book Review" "A hugely entertaining read.... All very Blair, all very British."--"The Wall Street Journal" "A Journey is first and foremost a political biography, and... Feelings, authenticity and emotional intelligence are qualities thattshow more

About Tony Blair

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, working with the Palestinians on behalf of the USA, UN, Russia and the EU 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 works with leaders and their governmentson policy delivery and attracting sustainable investment in Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Liberia. 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.show more

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'This is a masterclass from an acute political intelligence ... the force of the analysis rings out from every page' leading article, The Times 'Blair comes across as a brilliant modern politician' Lionel Barber, Financial Times 'Funny, ruthless and unputdownable ... Blair clearly relishes the opportunity to tell it as he saw it. After years of minding his PMQs, our former leader gives it to us with both barrels' Allison Pearson, Daily Telegraph 'Prime ministerial memoirs are traditionally stuffy, formal and guarded, as though written under police caution. Tony Blair's are nothing of the sort' Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday TONY BLAIR is the politician who defines our times. On becoming Labour leader in 1994, he immediately set about transforming his party and rallying the country behind him, becoming prime minister in 1997 with the biggest victory in Labour's history, and ending eighteen years of Conservative government. He took Labour to a historic three terms in office, as the dominant political figure of the last two decades. A JOURNEY is a deft analysis of the nature and uses of political power and the challenges of leadership, an account of his years in office and beyond that charts the ups and downs of his career to provide insight into the man, the politician and statesman. As well as explaining why he took on public opinion to stand up for what he believed in, Blair also looks forwards, to emerging power relationships and economies, and to Britain's changing role, addressing the most urgent issues 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. Amid the millions of words written about him, this book is unique: his own journey, in his own words.show more

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