Blair Unbound

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The first volume of Anthony Seldon's riveting and definitive life of Tony Blair was published to great acclaim in 2004. Now, as the Labour Party and the country get used to their new leader and a new Prime Minister, Seldon delivers the most complete, authoritative and compelling account yet of the Blair premiership. Picking up the story in dramatic fashion on 11 September 2001, Seldon then brings us right up to date as Blair hands over the reins to his arch-rival, Gordon Brown. Based on hundreds of original ...
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Overview

The first volume of Anthony Seldon's riveting and definitive life of Tony Blair was published to great acclaim in 2004. Now, as the Labour Party and the country get used to their new leader and a new Prime Minister, Seldon delivers the most complete, authoritative and compelling account yet of the Blair premiership. Picking up the story in dramatic fashion on 11 September 2001, Seldon then brings us right up to date as Blair hands over the reins to his arch-rival, Gordon Brown. Based on hundreds of original interviews with key insiders, many of whose views have hitherto been kept private, BLAIR UNBOUND serves both as a fascinating 'volume two' of this masterclass in contemporary history and a highly revealing and compelling book in its own right.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

From its harrowing account of the events of September 11, 2001, to its elegant rendering of Tony Blair's final day at 10 Downing Street, this vibrant, richly detailed look at Blair's second and third terms as British prime minister makes for a riveting, if lengthy, read. Seldon has done a staggering amount of research in reconstructing Blair's tumultuous final years in office and surveying the significant domestic and foreign issues that dominated Blair's later years in office: the Iraq War, the London terrorist attacks, education reform, the Northern Ireland peace process and Blair's effort to push for the adoption of the euro, an issue about which he felt so strongly he may have been willing to sacrifice his political future to achieve his desired ends. The intricate, expansive text returns frequently to the increasingly fraught relationship between Blair and his successor, Gordon Brown, which was loaded with growing political and personal animosity. Aside from Brown, however, personal relationships and scandals play a secondary role in this page-turning political biography, an essential text for anyone interested in contemporary British politics. (June)

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Booklist

An outstanding work that strives successfully to explain the man and his administration.

The Wall Street Journal
A vivid portrait.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847390905
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 688
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Seldon is the author of several books on the Tony Blair administration, including 10 Downing Street, Blair, Blair’s Britain, and The Blair Effect. Peter Snowdon is the coauthor of The Conservative Party. Daniel Collings is the coauthor of Britain Under Thatcher.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 9/11 1

2 Finding His Theme 19

3 Riding Two Horses 47

4 The Road to Baghdad 80

5 'Make or Break' at Home 107

6 Confronting Saddam 135

7 Iraq: From Agonising to Vindication 172

8 Losing My Agenda 201

9 The Descent 232

10 The Recovery 263

11 Back in Charge 278

12 Crafting a Bold Future 302

13 General Election, 2005 331

14 Second Honeymoon 351

15 Promise Fades 382

16 Losing His Authority 415

17 Stirrings of Dissent 444

18 The September Coup 479

19 On a Knife Edge 500

20 To the Wire 529

Conclusion: The Long Farewell 554

Acknowledgements 585

Dramatis Personae 589

Note on Sources and Methodology 600

Notes 602

Bibliography 639

Index 644

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