Hug Them Close: Blair, Clinton, Bush and the 'Special Relationship'

Hug Them Close: Blair, Clinton, Bush and the 'Special Relationship'

by Peter Riddell

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Hug Them Close: Blair, Clinton, Bush and the 'Special Relationship' by Peter Riddell

"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 Anglo—American 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781842751183
Publisher: Politico's Publishing Limited
Publication date: 04/28/2004
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Peter Riddell is the Chief Political Commentator of The Times, presenter of The Week in Westminster and best-selling author of Parliament Under Blair, Honest Opportunism, The Thatcher Government, and Hug Them Close.

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
1Hug Them Close1
2Honorary Consultants25
3Bill Clinton's Younger Brother61
4Coming of Age89
5The Colgate Summit123
6How is Bush Going to React?145
7Axis of Evil173
8Our Guy Tony193
9Old Europe and New Europe224
10Shock and Awe257
11History Will Forgive284
Bibliography308
Index313

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