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The Alastair Campbell Diaries: Volume One: Prelude To Power 1994-1997
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Author : Alastair Campbell & Bill Hagerty
Publisher : Hutchinson
ISBN# : 978-0-09-179726-3
Pages : 774
Price :INR 1199
Offer Price:INR 1067
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Book Description
THE BLAIR YEARS was a publishing sensation that in 2007 attracted widespread critical acclaim around the world. Based on extracts from Alastair Campbell`s diaries, it withheld politically sensitive material, and the author admitted the full story would have to wait. Now, that full story, recorded in meticulous detail every day that Campbell was alongside Tony Blair, can begin to be told, in the first of four riveting volumes. PRELUDE TO POWER begins on the day John Smith dies and ends as Tony Blair enters Downing Street three years later. From the hitherto unpublished opening pages, it offers a unique perspective on the key personalities in the New Labour story and the bonds and sometimes explosive tensions between them. It chronicles the forging of a renowned election-winning machine, and the relentlessness of Blair and his team in their pursuit of the party modernisation they believed to be essential to winning power. It captures both the drama of an historic election campaign and the turmoil of modern political life. But if this is a story of politics in the raw, it is above all an intimate and detailed portrait of the people who did so much to shape modern history. The Blair-Brown relationship is central to the narrative - from the strategic and political successes they achieved, to the difficult moments that resulted in the exasperation of Blair and Campbell as they sought to persuade key people to work together. Campbell, a powerful and controversial character, combine the eye of the journalist with the perception of the top-flight political strategist to produce diaries that are frank, often funny, always utterly compelling, and which, as even his harshest critics have acknowledged, will be devoured by historians for generations.
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