A consequential leader, who served at a consequential time.
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.
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.
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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