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The Blair Years: The Alastair Campbell Diaries ebook

by Alastair Campbell


Alastair Campbell's diaries provide a fascinating front row seat to the daily drama of the Blair premiership. American readers will be intrigued by Blair's relations with the Clintons, with Bush post 9/11, with Condi, Cheney, Powell, Princess Diana and the Queen

Alastair Campbell's diaries provide a fascinating front row seat to the daily drama of the Blair premiership. American readers will be intrigued by Blair's relations with the Clintons, with Bush post 9/11, with Condi, Cheney, Powell, Princess Diana and the Queen. Tina Brown, author of The Diana Chronicles. Beyond question the most important and revelatory book so far written about the inner workings of Blair’s government. By turns arrogant, brilliant, combative, demotic and emotional, Campbell delivers his impressions and verdicts in a wholly committed, staccato style

The Blair Years: Extracts from the Alastair Campbell Diaries.

The Blair Years: Extracts from the Alastair Campbell Diaries. Richard was rightly admired as one of the strongest theatrical producers this country had ever known. Under his leadership the National Theatre had experienced a glorious period of vitality during which one actor, director and playwright after another had done their best work.

Alastair John Campbell (born 25 May 1957) is a British journalist, broadcaster, political aide and author. He worked as Tony Blair's spokesman and campaign director (1994–1997), followed by Downing Street Press Secretary (1997–2000), for Labour. He worked as Tony Blair's spokesman and campaign director (1994–1997), followed by Downing Street Press Secretary (1997–2000), for Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair. He then became Downing Street Director of Communications and spokesman for the Labour Party (2000–2003). He resigned in August 2003 during the Hutton Inquiry into the death of David Kelly. He published his fifteenth book in 2018.

The Blair Years book . Campbell spent more waking hours alongside the prime minister than anyone, and his diaries-at times brutally frank, often funny, always engrossing-take the reader right to the heart of government. The Blair Years is a story of politics in the raw, of progress and setback, of reputations made and destroyed, under the relentless scrutiny of a 24-hour media. Alastair Campbell was a vital cog in the Tony Blair media machine, and it is interesting that Blair started losing popularity when Campbell quit.

Taken from Alastair Campbell's daily diaries, it charts the rise of New Labour and the tumultuous years of Tony Blair's leadership, providing the first important record of a remarkable decade in our national life.

Alastair Campbell offers the real thing - an unvarnished portrait of the players at the top of the British Labor . At least as presented in these diaries, Campbell’s willingness to confront Blair with hard truths is what made him so useful.

Alastair Campbell offers the real thing - an unvarnished portrait of the players at the top of the British Labor Party as they sought to return to government in the 1990s after nearly two decades in opposition. Then, in office, we see them confront war in Bosnia and Kosovo, the troubles in Northern Ireland, the public’s loss of confidence in the health care system and, of course, 9/11 and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He says he challenged Blair time and again, and once even put Bill Clinton on the spot.

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His new press secretary, Alastair Campbell and Campbell’s partner, Fiona Millar, have taken their children for a holiday in France. The couple keep arguing

His new press secretary, Alastair Campbell and Campbell’s partner, Fiona Millar, have taken their children for a holiday in France. The couple keep arguing. I had barely spoken on the way down and rowed most of the time when we did. Neil and Glenys Kinnock, close friends, turn up – and immediately Alastair senses that Neil is spoiling for a fight. They argue about everything, Neil storming off for a French.

I am really into Tony Blair and am especially fascinated with his dealings with the War on Terror. I like it because the information is first-hand, straight from the confines of Number 10. I enjoy reading about Blair and made this the first "chronicle" really, to my Blair library.

Alastair Campbell admits he believed his own propaganda about Miliband. The Blair Years: Extracts From The Alastair Campbell Diaries.

A revelatory account of Tony Blair’s tumultuous leadership, The Blair Years gathers extracts from the diaries of the man who knew him best: Alastair Campbell—Blair’s spokesman from 1994 to 2003, his press secretary, strategist, and closest confidant. It is a compelling chronicle of contemporary British politics and the rise of New Labour, providing the first important record of a remarkable decade in Britain’s history.Here are the defining events of the time, from the Labour Party’s new dawn to the war on terror; from the death of Princess Diana to negotiations for peace in Northern Ireland; from Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq to the Hutton Inquiry of 2003, the year Campbell resigned his position. Here also are Blair’s relationships with world leaders and heads of state, including presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. But above all, here is Tony Blair up close and personal, making the decisions that affected the lives of millions, under relentless and frequently hostile pressure. Often described as the second most powerful figure in Britain, Alastair Campbell is no stranger to controversy. Feared and admired in equal measure, hated by some, he was pivotal to the founding of New Labour and the sensational election victory of 1997. Campbell spent more waking hours alongside the prime minister than anyone, and his diaries—at times brutally frank, often funny, always engrossing—take the reader right to the heart of government.The Blair Years is a story of politics in the raw, of progress and setback, of reputations made and destroyed, under the relentless scrutiny of a 24-hour media. Unflinchingly told, it covers the crises and scandals, the rows and resignations, the ups and downs at No. 10 Downing Street. But amid the landmark events are insights and observations that make this a remarkably human portrayal of some of the most influential people in the world.A completely riveting book about life at the very top, told by a man who saw it all.
Kulabandis
We'll see in a hundred years if Blair's leadership was meaningful, a bridge or a failure. Until then the book allows us to see a side that we have not had an opportunity to study yet - if you want to see it. If you don't, then you've already decided history, I guess, which is a brave thing.
Bukelv
Alistair Campbell was privy to the innermost secrets of Tony Blair's Labour Government, acting as the Prime Minister's counselor, intimate friend, and occasional critic. These diaries chronicle the years in power from 1997-2003. The book is a wonderful resource for those interested in the minutiae of British politics, but quite dense - not to say verbose - for nonspecialist readers. Sometimes politicians need a firm editorial hand to produce effective works; this is certainly the case with this volume.
Ynap
Whereas the recently released diaries of President Reagan were an approachable exercise in easy readability that never excluded facts and anecdotes about the personages of the age, this diary is truly for hard-core political aficionados only. I can read almost anything, and even I had trouble getting through The Blair Years. What's wrong here? Well, the typeface was poorly chosen, the writing style was distancing at best, and even the entries themselves were printed too closely together and should have been better designed. In the end everything about this work serves to put a reader off.

For every interesting piece about, say, dinner with Princess Diana (who served Mr. Campbell tea), the Queen's bored reaction to the Millennium celebrations, or juicy details on Bill Clinton's personal opinion of then-President elect Bush, there are scores of entries that cover minutia so densely recorded that I truly think this is a book that will be of greatest value to a graduate student studying foreign affairs, or a future historian who wishes to research the Blair years. The average reader hoping to get a backstage pass to politics as undertaken at 10 Downing Street will probably do better looking elsewhere.

While Campbell is comprehensive, he is not (at least as evidenced here) gifted with those talents that make for an engrossing reading experience.
Hulore
Until Tony Blair himself publishes his account of his time in office, this has to be the next best thing. Although most of the daily entries are short, it conveys the mood. Sunday morning confabs to determine the appropriate response to a breaking story, speechwriting on airplanes, careful feeding of information to journalists, it is all here. I found myself thinking " *that's* how they did it".

There are also many amusing/bizarre anecdotes such as Campbell walking in on Mo Mowlan in the bath.

The Diana parts felt set up to me. We hear about how she wanted to meet Campbell, then they met, she asks for him later, and then of course her crash and death. His affection for her seems somewhat overblown, and it says something of his reputation that I found myself believing his portrayal in "The Queen", coldly feeding the "People's Princess" line to Blair, more than his own diaries. The cartoonish version of Campbell as the arch spin doctor is now a cultural fixture of its own, turning up not only in "The Queen" but in books like "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen". I wonder what Campbell must think about that.

Ambition and rivaly are never far from the surface. When describing Blair's lengths football header session with Kevin Keegan, Campbell is careful to note that it was easier than it seemed, since "of course a professional like Keegan can head the ball towards a target in the same way most of us can throw it, so it wasn't that difficult."

I found it amusing that Campbell goes out of his way not to to use the word "spin". I expect that he became thoroughly sick of hearing that word.

Note that this is "Extracts from" Alastair Campbell's diaries. The really secret stuff is, well, secret.
Oppebro
I am really into Tony Blair and am especially fascinated with his dealings with the War on
Terror. I wrote a research paper on that very subject and checked this book out from a library as a source. I like it because the information is first-hand, straight from the confines of Number 10. I enjoy reading about Blair and made this the first "chronicle" really, to my Blair library. It's an easy read, though long, because of the journal entry-like style. It's also really gritty, not polished over like many things you might read about someone in government. It's fantastic.
allegro
mr campbell wrote every thing about sir tony blair in the period from 1994-2003 you will feel you are working & living in 10 downing street or in the labour party -before they became in power in 1997- really good job . iam waiting for mr blair diaraes which i heard that it will be released in 2008 to have the complete view about the most powerful british prime minester since margret tatcher
FRAY
You don't have to go far into this "diary" to discover it's a highly interesting and possibly questionable account of the times but an account that has been not only excised of any substance but of any objectivity too. Therefore it fails as a diary and becomes a very monochrome and monotone account of.......well what? Campbell was well know in Fleet Street as a partial leaker of government business. That is the way the system works. If you were in favour by printing favourable things about "Nu" Labour then you got his highly coloured stories. Woe betide you if you printed the truth, locked out of the circle of knowledge you were left with crumbs from the table. And so "Nu" Labour set out with Campbell to control the press, sometime sucessful, sometimes with spectacular failure (Honours for money). Whatever Campbells truth is, it is his own and he should be left to it and his own fantacies!
This book was returned due to its poor quality. There was simply no way I could present this book as a gift due to the cut of the pages. Please improve your product standards.
The Blair Years: The Alastair Campbell Diaries ebook
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Alastair Campbell
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