A Journey

A Journey Signed and inscribed by Tony Blair on preliminary page NB signed Tone not Tony Blair In full To Steve you always knew best just like your mother Regards Tone

Signed and inscribed by Tony Blair on preliminary page NB signed Tone , not Tony Blair In full To Steve, you always knew best, just like your mother Regards, Tone

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A Journey

  1. Anthony Charles Lynton Tony Blair is a British politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 2 May 1997 to 27 June 2007, Leader of the Labour Party from 1994 to 2007 and Member of Parliament for Sedgefield from 1983 to 2007 On the day he stood down as Prime Minister, he was appointed official Envoy of the Quartet on the Middle East on behalf of the United Nations, the European Union, the United States and Russia, and stepped down as an MP.Tony Blair was elected Leader of the Labour Party in July 1994 following the sudden death of his predecessor, John Smith Under Blair s leadership the party abandoned many policies that it had held for decades Labour won a landslide victory in the 1997 general election, which ended 18 years of rule by the Conservative Party with the heaviest Conservative defeat since 1832.Blair is the Labour Party s longest serving Prime Minister and the only person to have led the Labour Party to three consecutive general election victories.Gordon Brown, Blair s Chancellor of the Exchequer during his ten years in office, succeeded him as Leader of the Labour Party on 24 June 2007 and as Prime Minister on 27 June 2007.

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  1. This is a difficult book to review really, To be flippant, as I reflected on which shelves to place it I did wonder about placing it on fantasy or surreal and i suppose in some ways it would fit loosely onto history but all in all, though i am pleased I read it and I suppose every arch critic of Mr Blair ought to, yet i still finished it feeling a little dissatisfied and disgruntled Why, I am not totally certain.On a number of occasions he spoke of Gordon Brown, who i have to confess i have even [...]

  2. General spoiler alert the book is discussed in detail I m writing this review because a couple of friends have said it is okay to do so, in spite of my appalling political ignorance If you are seeking wide ranging insights, stop here For the most part I am simply going to plonk down what I understand that Tony Blair did and did not achieve and I offer no criticism on any of his policies.I liked the book, and felt that Blair wrote it with much honesty I felt that I got to know the man, his govern [...]

  3. I always had, and always will have, the greatest admiration for Tony Blair According to another source, not his book, he pledged to make Britain a young country again and the world a better place He was the most popular British prime minster in human history He was the pop idol of world politics His keyword was modernization, embodied in a young leader.He starts off his book by saying On 2 May 1997, I walked into Downing Street as prime minister for the first time I have never held office, not e [...]

  4. I m glad I read this, don t let 2 stars dissuade you But get it from your beloved public library like I did please, you know, the ones that are getting cut He doesn t deserve your money, that s for sure There s so much to say, but I ll keep this as short as I can.Mr Blair is certainly very clever This is like a little babbling brook of cleverness, a little superficial stream of frankness and honesty There is very little of substance here I can t even tell if what s written is as deep as he goes [...]

  5. Given that this is a review of Tony Blair s memoirs, and not of his policies or of Blair himself, I shan t be delving too deeply into the actual decisions represented in the book Whatever your political loyalties, it is undeniable that Tony Blair is one of the most memorable Prime Ministers in modern history His decisions are among the most controversial, and there is a real sense of intrigue surrounding his memoirs.The much hyped, long awaited volume promised to go inside the head of the man be [...]

  6. For a politician who embraced, and arguably embodied, the age of celebrity, it seems appropriate that Tony Blair has dutifully released a book that is autobiography than political memoir by his own admission , to sit alongside the scores of hardbacks by sport stars, glamour models and reality TV contestants.What follows is a personal account of the changes he went through as a world leader, and how it felt to be at the eye of the storm It also forms a manifesto for the New Labour project a desi [...]

  7. Tony Blair, the former British Prime Minister, wrote this book It s about his period as leader of the Labour Party and Prime Minister mostly , though he does mentions the parts of his earlier life, as it fits into the story he wanted to tell.To be honest, I found this book smug and slightly infuriating I ve now read both George Bush s and Tony Blair s book I was interested in the run up to war and this book was without a shadow of a doubt the irritating of the two.In the book Blair describes hi [...]

  8. Everyone who lived through this era should read Tony Blair s book on his years in office Blair uses the book to give his view of what he was trying to and did achieve, and what his motives were He never forgets that he is human, frail, and can be mistaken in his views although his willingness to admit he could be wrong grew markedly less when he wrote about the final two years in office.I had believed that President Bush knew there were no Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq, but Mr Blair makes [...]

  9. You can agree or disagree with Tony Blair and you can question his quest for as another book title says a legacy But in my humble opinion, he is still one of the most charismatic leaders the world has seen in a long time and combine that with his eloquence, flair for a good argument, modern view on UK and the world and his willingness to act the latter is a long lost trait in many politicians today , and you have a world class leader.In this book, he is honest as honest as a autobiography can be [...]

  10. This maybe a good book to read because of its layback style, if not for its politics that must be revealing in itself Reviewers are pointing to the unexpected, chatty way he says things which is not at all expected from an Oxford educated politician.

  11. Disappointing, but not unsurprising Blair s unpolished writing reflects his Messianic and narcissistic views, coupled with a slightly Marx ian view of historical inevitability This could be excused if there were interesting revelations, but actually he remains on message Too long.

  12. Shockingly boring Irrelevant details crammed with chest beating There s a story in there begging to be released.

  13. This book wasting Now, as my family can attest to, I am not the biggest fan of Tony Blair I think he ruined the Labour Party and that he acted wrong in Iraq, but nonetheless I thought I d read his book anyway Big mistake.I want to make perfectly clear that I do not hate Tony I really don t However, his book, while informative about his perspective, shone through with incredibly unsubtle bragging from page one to the references This quickly became tiring, especially for someone who doesn t like h [...]

  14. This book caught my eye because I knew very little about Tony Blair I knew he was the Prime Minister in Britain I knew he was the leader of the Labour Party and a big government, big spending progressive I knew he was President Bush s staunchest ally in the war on terror And, that s about it I really didn t know anything about what he actually tried to accomplish in Britain or why I didn t know anything about who he was or what he made him tick And, after reading Decision Points, I was intereste [...]

  15. I really have no idea where to start with this one It s written in a strange informal style that on occasion grates enormously, but makes it pretty readable at the same time It s not revolutionary in insight I doubt there s much here that people will be radically shocked by but it spells out some of the stuff that he feels about the changing role of politics, which feels, well, right.In a way, it s fascinatingly unspectacular, in mostly the right way And it resembles Blair s Labour party in that [...]

  16. Actually, I m not quite finished, but close enough to go ahead and send up a brief review.There are ways in which I disagree with Tony Blair, and ways in which I cheer him on There are aspects of his worldview I share and resonate with, and aspects that I don t or can t share, at least not entirely Two of the things I appreciate the most about him are his third way worldview that seeks an alternative to extreme positions, and his belief in doing the right thing even at personal or political cost [...]

  17. Tony Blair s autobiography gives a real and detailed insight into what it s like to be Prime Minister Politically, there s little in here that we haven t heard before, but the detail and explanation of how and why decisions were reached seemed interesting to me The behind the scenes detail of the huge events that occurred under Tony Blair s leadership provided genuine insight, if not new information.Yet, it s considerably hampered by the writing style, which resembles transcribed speech It frequ [...]

  18. Blair s account of his time in office as prime minister of England Ended up really enjoying this Blair is very good at constructing enough of an open and honest persona that you re willing to suspend your disbelief and allow that he s at least attempting to give you the straight story, at least by his own lights You know you re being spun, but it s kind of enjoyable to watch how a master does it, even if you are the mark He s also quite good at giving the reader glimpses of what he wants you to [...]

  19. I m not sure why I read this I don t read political memoirs and I never voted for Blair in the elections I was able to vote in but I quite liked him and his political take in the early days For me, New Labour came in at the height of the Britpop Cool Britannia era, approaching the end of my teens An important time personally but I wasn t that politically minded back then Current stronger political opinion and knowledge aside I feel he did a fair amount of good for the country and despite the lat [...]

  20. I liked Tony Blair.As a young man in the early 1990s, I completely bought into his vision for change where the old political battle lines between left and right needed to be cast aside, and a new agenda, as a third way progressive should be embraced But I fear he lost his way, as international events distracted him from the domestic mission I m sure many would say that his legacy is severely tainted by Iraq and Afghanistan, and I wanted to read this book to get an insight into the mind that was [...]

  21. Aside from the occasional, amusing anecdote, this book was mostly disappointing Tony Blair revolutionized the Labour Party, and yet he spends a paltry 30 to 40 pages describing the development of his thought process into the New Labour transformation Frankly, it s intellectually shallow enough that, after having read his book, I m actually beginning to buy the allegations that New Labour was a less a coherent political philosophy and an electoral strategy The chapter about the Northern Ireland [...]

  22. This is one of the very few autobiographies I just couldn t finish I LIKE autobiographies and political ones are usually good as they give me behind the scenes insight I like political autobiographies of folks in my lifetime even better for that reason I was looking forward to a good read, but it became quite tedious after a few chapters I forced myself to continue but ultimately couldn t force myself to finish it The book might be interesting for those with an understanding or knowledge of Bri [...]

  23. First of all, I cheated This was an audiobook, but it was read by PM Blair, so I don t care And it also something like 16 hours long, so leave me alone.But, it was great I loved his discussion of New Labour and how he helped lead the minority party to its first win in 20 years The evolution of the Tony Blair Gordon Brown relationship, i.e it s rise and fall, was also very intriguing.The period of his premiership covered an interesting time in history Rwanda, Kosovo, 9 11, Northern Ireland peace [...]

  24. What I learnt about Tone and New Labour 1 Tony likes to go on lots of exotic holidays He deserves it 2 Tony likes celebrities Mick Hucknall provided valuable support, there is also the obligatory reference to his good chums Saint Bono of Glasnevin and Geldof the Great 3 Tony really likes Bill Clinton they get on so well and GW Bush is a great guy 4 Princess Diana was a wonderful person Tony liked her enough to exploit her death for political gain 5 Tony does not really like Gordon Brown unsurpri [...]

  25. I just finished off this audiobook and have come to the conclusion that Tony Blair is an extremely principled and honorable fellow I already knew that, no matter the media attacks, his personal vision completely changed politics in Britain for the better on both sides of the political spectrum because it caused everyone to honestly evaluate the way they do business This book addresses the hard decisions and personal pain over making those decisions that Mr Blair had to endure I may not agree wit [...]

  26. A good perspective into Britain from 1990 to 2005 7 It is a heavy read and in the end quite repetitive Here Tony Blair tries to picture himself as an honest, good willed man Some people are quite dubious of that What I can agree with is that he is a good leader in a sense that he did take the unpopular decisions at the time if that was what was needed I think he is a great politician especially on foreign policy This book is a good read if one is interested in politics but I suggest you read it [...]

  27. Although this book was perhaps a little verbose than I would have preferred, I did find this to be a very interesting compelling read I respected Tony Blair for his achievements before reading the book, and feel even stronger about this now, even though I am personally a dyed in the wool conservative I think the world would be a better place if we had politicians like Mr Blair who while you may not always agree with them, they carry on their duties with honour integrity.

  28. Oh dear, I have barely gone through the second chapter and the book s already dragging I am both irritated and charmed but the strangely chatty style but to be honest, he digresses a lot and there are way too much detail without enough context for someone who is not exactly an observer of British politics I have decided to shelf the book and other memoirs and pick up something closer to my heart I may go back to this book in a few weeks or so.

  29. Loved it Mr Blair is a brilliant man he shows what it takes to be a P.M looking at issues from all sides,and having the capacity to strategize constantly He leaves nothing out,mainly due to his immaculate notes and journals he kept during his time in office What really surprises me ,however,is his deep admiration for George Bush Mmmm don t quite get that, even though he gives his reasons for doing so.Highly recommend this book,even though it took me ages to read,it was well worth it.

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