"Hug them close": the words used by a senior Downing Street aide to sum up Tony Blair's policy towards the USA. His political balancing act was a high-risk course of action on both the domestic and international fronts.
Placing Blair and Bush in the context of AngloAmerican relations throughout history, this award-winning book traces their relationship from its early tensions, through 9/11 and the war in Afghanistan and onto Blair's apparent subservience to Bush over Iraq. Using his close journalistic connections to Downing Street, Peter Riddell discovers a complex and often bizarre relationship rooted in a failed British foreign policy that will soon force Blair's government to choose between America and Europe. This updated edition includes new material on the impact on Blair's Premiership of the Hutton Inquiry, and the failure to find WMD, and to establish security in Iraq.
"Mr. Riddell does a masterly job of capturing the ins and outs of Mr Blair's remarkably close relationship with an American president who is in so many ways his complete opposite ... [this] immensely readable book may not be the last word on Tony Blair's war and his relationship with George Buch, but it will surely long stand as one of the best."-Ivo H. Daalder, New York Times
Peter Riddell is the Chief Political Commentator of the Times, a television and radio broadcaster, and best-selling author of Parliament Under Blair and Honest Opportunism: The Thatcher Government.
|Publisher:||Politico's Publishing Limited|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)|
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Table of Contents
|1||Hug Them Close||1|
|3||Bill Clinton's Younger Brother||61|
|4||Coming of Age||89|
|5||The Colgate Summit||123|
|6||How is Bush Going to React?||145|
|7||Axis of Evil||173|
|8||Our Guy Tony||193|
|9||Old Europe and New Europe||224|
|10||Shock and Awe||257|
|11||History Will Forgive||284|