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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (275 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alastair Campbell Narrator: Alastair Campbell Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2007 ISBN:
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The Blair Years is the most compelling and revealing account of contemporary politics you will ever hear. Taken from Alastair Campbell's daily diaries, these audio extracts chart 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.

Here are the defining events of our time, from Labour's new dawn to the war on terror; from the death of Diana to negotiations for peace in Northern Ireland; from Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq, through to the Hutton Inquiry of 2003. 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.

Feared and admired in equal measure, hated by some, Alastair Campbell was pivotal to the founding of New Labour and the sensational election victory of 1997. As Blair's press secretary, strategist, and trusted confidant, Campbell spent more waking hours alongside the prime minister than anyone. His diaries take the listener right to the heart of government.

Unflinchingly told, The Blair Years covers the crises and scandals, the rows and resignations, the ups and downs of Britain's hothouse politics. There has never been so riveting a book about life at the very top, nor a more human book about politics, told by a man who saw it all. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isobel | 1/13/2014

    " I found this fascinating. The overall impression that all Labour government policy both home and foreign has been governed by the need to appease the media. Has anything been proactive or has the last 11 years been a series of knee-jerk reactions?? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Max | 12/30/2013

    " You need to have a good knowledge of British politics to fully understand this book, and I don't. However, it is really good, and no doubt sanitized, look behind the scenes in government. Even if you aren't British, it still offers general insights on power and politics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leona Sheehy | 12/29/2013

    " This book is so intriguing as you are getting the inside story on some of the most important events of the modern age, but from a personal point of view. Thoroughly addictive. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Makingamark | 12/6/2013

    " I got bored! I gave up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Palmerston | 5/3/2013

    " Hate the man, love the diaries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth Morgan | 5/2/2013

    " A long and easy read. A good insight to the lighter, darker and complex side of Blair, Cambell and Brown. Borrow it but dont buy it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/27/2012

    " Fascinating, but I have to constantly look at the list of characters at the front since he uses nicknames and initials. Am I the only one who thinks of tuberculosis when they see TB instead of Tony Blair? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roshana | 3/23/2012

    " Actually quite good biography from New Labour's master of spin. Honestly reflections on a high pressure jobs and the impact on personal and family life from someone with a history of stress and depression. Good gossip on the blair years too "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter Williams | 2/10/2012

    " Absorbing. Crisply written and facinating. A real insight into how Government worked under Blair. Describes a tough and oddly unproductive environment. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thomas Boyle | 2/2/2011

    " One of the few books I have ever left in a hotel. Ended up with a lower regard for many of the major players especially Blair. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 muraguri | 1/17/2011

    " A bit self-serving as one would expect from Campbell but found background on domestic and international figures very interesting. Insight into decision making on Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Europe was fascinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter Kobryn | 9/30/2010

    " A comprehensive review of Alistair Campbells time as Tony Blair's right hand man "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob Brown | 5/27/2010

    " Very interesting look at how politics worked at the highest level during the Blair premiership. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pedro | 5/9/2010

    " A comprehensive review of Alistair Campbells time as Tony Blair's right hand man "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Max | 10/26/2009

    " You need to have a good knowledge of British politics to fully understand this book, and I don't. However, it is really good, and no doubt sanitized, look behind the scenes in government. Even if you aren't British, it still offers general insights on power and politics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/18/2008

    " Fascinating, but I have to constantly look at the list of characters at the front since he uses nicknames and initials. Am I the only one who thinks of tuberculosis when they see TB instead of Tony Blair? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 4/2/2008

    " A long and easy read. A good insight to the lighter, darker and complex side of Blair, Cambell and Brown. Borrow it but dont buy it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roshana | 2/28/2008

    " Actually quite good biography from New Labour's master of spin. Honestly reflections on a high pressure jobs and the impact on personal and family life from someone with a history of stress and depression. Good gossip on the blair years too "

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