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30 Days A Month at the Heart of Blair’s War Book ↠ A Month at the Heart of Blair’s War ↠ ❴Download❵ ✤ 30 Days: A Month at the Heart of Blair’s War (Text Only): A Month at the Heart of Blair's War Author Peter Stothard – Dcmdirect.co.uk A uniue unprecA uniue unprecedented eyewitness account of the thirty most critical days of Tony Blairs political career as Prime Minister from 10 March 2003 to the end of the second Gulf War written by the former editor of The TimesFor thirty extraordinary days in March and April 2003 Tony Blair defied street protests party revolts allied anger and government resignations in order to send British troops to Ira to oust Saddam HusseinWhat was it like inside Downing Street during that time? What was it like while the Prime Minister risked his job for such an unpopular cause? Why did he do it? Peter Stothard who for a month was given unprecedented access to shadow almost every move the Prime Minister made gives a uniue view from the insideFrom the den of Ten Downing Street to the back corridors of the House of Commons through councils of war in the Azores recriminations in Brussels personal diplomacy in Belfast and Camp David this book takes us backstage 30 Days throws an intimate and freuently humorous light on the domestic and political life of Number Ten at a time of crisis; it shows the Prime Ministers relationships not only with the President of the United States but with the writers strategists make up artists and other members of the close knit Number Ten team It illuminates his frankest dealings with the world leaders who both backed and opposed himThe result is a groundbreaking record of history in the making and a gripping day to day chronicle of four tense and tempestuous weeksNote that it has not been possible to include the same picture content that appeared in the original print versionNote that it has not been possible to include the same picture content that appeared in the original print version This is a bright breezy yet uite fascinating view of the inner workings of Number 10 Downing Streetduring the days leading up to and including the Second Gulf WarFirstly what this book is not It is not filled with deep analysis of Blair's policies There is no weighing of the moral issues behind fighting Saddam Hussein There aren't many shocking revelations of skeletons in the Downing Street cupboards no kiss and tell stories hereSo what do you get here? Basically what it says a behind the scenes look at the workings of the Blair team by a powerful journalist given access for thirty days There are not many details spared in describing Number 10 from carpet colours to whose office is where It is interesting to see what roles the leading members of the team play who can get away with jibes and who tries hard to pleaseWe also get to see just how much like any other office in the country this is We have Alistair Campbell's What do Saddam and Blackburn Rovers have in common jokes We see the most powerful people in the country passing around a Wagon Wheel There is little Leo's train set which seems to run all over the houseThen we have the relations with other leaders One of the books strengths is showing how Blair works with Bush and how the American team operates on a much grander scale than the British There is Chira who is disliked and respected at the same timeAside from the war we get a peek at what Blair has to deal with for most of the year stikes taxes school teachers the Scottish Labour PartyOverall you will not take much away from this uick read other than a glimpse of what life is really like inside the Blair den which alone is worth the admission fee

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A uniue unprecedented eyewitness account of the thirty most critical days of Tony Blairs political career as Prime Minister from 10 March 2003 to the end of the second Gulf War written by the former editor of The TimesFor thirty extraordinary days in March and April 2003 Tony Blair defied street protests party revolts allied anger and government resignations in order to send British troops to Ira to oust Saddam HusseinWhat was it like inside Downing Street during that time? What was it like while the Prime Minister risked his job for such an unpopular cause? Why did he do it? Peter Stothard who for a month was given unprecedented access to shadow almost every move the Prime Minister made gives a uniue view from the insideFrom the den of Ten Downing Street to the back corridors of the House of Commons through councils of war in the Azores recriminations in Brussels personal diplomacy in Belfast and Camp David this book takes us backstage 30 Days throws an intimate and freuently humorous light on the domestic and political life of Number Ten at a time of crisis; it shows the Prime Ministers relationships not only with the President of the United States but with the writers strategists make up artists and other members of the close knit Number Ten team It illuminates his frankest dealings with the world leaders who both backed and opposed himThe result is a groundbreaking record of history in the making and a gripping day to day chronicle of four tense and tempestuous weeksNote that it has not been possible to include the same picture content that appeared in the original print versionNote that it has not been possible to include the same picture content that appeared in the original print version very happy with purchase

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30 Days A Month at the Heart of Blair’s War Text Only A Month at the Heart of Blair's WarA uniue unprecedented eyewitness account of the thirty most critical days of Tony Blairs political career as Prime Minister from 10 March 2003 to the end of the second Gulf War written by the former editor of The TimesFor thirty extraordinary days in March and April 2003 Tony Blair defied street protests party revolts allied anger and government resignations in order to send British troops to Ira to oust Saddam HusseinWhat was it like inside Downing Street during that time? What was it like while the Prime Minister risked his job for such an unpopular cause? Why did he do it? Peter Stothard who for a month was given unprecedented access to shadow almost every move the Prime Minister made gives a uniue view from the insideFrom the den of Ten Downing Street to the back corridors of the House of Commons through councils of war in the Azores recriminations in Brussels personal diplomacy in Belfast and Camp David this book takes us backstage 30 Days throws an intimate and freuently humorous light on the domestic and political life of Number Ten at a time of crisis; it shows the Prime Ministers relationships not only with the President of the United States but with the writers strategists make up artists and other members of the close knit Number Ten team It illuminates his frankest dealings with the world leaders who both backed and opposed himThe result is a groundbreaking record of history in the making and a gripping day to day chronicle of four tense and tempestuous weeksNote that it has not been possible to include the same picture content that appeared in the original print versionNote that it has not been possible to include the same picture content that appeared in the original print version A fascinating insightful informative and thought provoking journal of the author's shadowing of Tony Blair for thirty days A crucial thirty days in Mr Blair's career setting aside the run up to the 1997 election it would be hard to find seeing as it covers the decision making process to go to war in Ira and the commencement of that warThis book is short in length and one feels that as much has been left out as has been left in Despite its freuent candid unveiling of life behind the door of Number Ten a weightier effort would have given us greater depth of the political context of the events and the politicians involved This is only a slight criticism that does not warrant a downgrade to four stars The decision has been made to make this an accessible rather than highbrow intellectual tome and I can see merit in that decisionReading the book now practically nine years on from the events in uestion some of the opinions expressed at the time are extremely arrogant naïve and laughable It is clear that they expected the whole shebang to be over within a couple of weeks at the most whereas officially the war did not end until December 2011 and in practice fighting continues in Ira between hostile factions The uestions remain Was it all worth it? What was really gained? Did the allied soldiers die in vain? Is the world a better and peaceful place without Saddam Hussein? We now know that he was not an actual threat to world peace because he had previously got rid of his weapons of mass destruction capabilityWhat comes across clearly is the extent to which Blair was Bush's `poodle' Bush had made it clear to Blair at an early stage that whether he had his country's backing or not he was going into Ira So UK's role was not vital Blair therefore had the opportunity like Wilson over Vietnam to veto the war but no he assured Bush that he could count on Britain even in the absence of a second UN resolution which originally he had said would be crucial There was a mad scramble to The Azores to attend a pre war summit which as far as Bush was concerned was a rubber stamping exercise of the events that he was to commence four days later He waited just long enough for Blair to get his parliamentary vote of support for the war If he had not gained this then he would have been out of a job and Robin Cook would have been vindicated The conduct of Robin Cook who resigned just before the war began was admirable less so that of Claire Short who heavily compromised her true beliefs to remain in the cabinet where she became a grumbling woman in the background only to resign a little laterWhat also shines through is the often shambolic preparation for meetings and press conferences that Tony Blair attended That instead he relied heavily upon his personality and the way in which he got his message acrossOne gets a real picture of the crazy life that he and his inner circle led during this time with there being hardly time for sleepAs Tony himself said at the time history alone will tell whether he made the right decision and he is still young enough to know what history decries before his death This makes this book all the important as a marker in the sand to tell us what actually happened I wish there were such books written