Thirty Days: An Inside Account of Tony Blair at War

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Harper Collins, Mar 2, 2004 - History - 256 pages
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For thirty days I was close by him at historic events -- in the places where writers never are.

Before Britain could help the United States in the war against Saddam Hussein, Tony Blair faced a battle against his own voters, his own party, and his own allies in Europe. These were among the most tense and tumultuous weeks the world had seen since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

In thirty days, Blair took on his opponents and won.

Through it all, Peter Stothard had unprecedented access to Blair -- from Ten Downing Street and the House of Commons through the war summits in the Azores, Brussels, Belfast, and at Camp David. Stothard brings us inside the corridors of power during this extraordinary time, offering a vivid, up-close view of an enormously popular leader facing the challenge of his life.

  

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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The best feature is that this gives a superb insight into what it is like to be the Prime Minister. It is fascinating to be along side Tony Blair. making decisions of ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
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Section 4
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Section 5
31
Section 6
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Section 7
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Section 8
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 23
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Section 24
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Section 25
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Section 26
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 27
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Section 28
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Section 29
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Section 30
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Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Page 42 - What amazes me is how many people are happy for Saddam to stay. They ask why we don't get rid of Mugabe, why not the Burmese lot. Yes, let's get rid of them all. I don't because I can't, but when you can, you should.
Page 14 - The Prime Minister does not like to be angry, still less to show anger. But he is angry now. 'This is such a foolish thing to do at this moment in the world's history. The very people who should be strengthening the international institutions are undermining them and playing around.
Page 91 - ... no more than a boy; tall, slimly built, but broadshouldered. His dark hair is carefully brushed; his uniform, though old and war-stained, is well cut and cared for. He is good-looking, rather from attractive features than the healthy good looks of RALEIGH. Although tanned by months in the open air, there is a pallor under his skin and dark shadows under his eyes.
Page 189 - to meet my maker' and answer for 'those who have died or have been horribly maimed as a result of my decisions'.
Page 87 - September attacks, still sensing unfinished business from the first Gulf War twelve years before, would support a war on Iraq. Gulf War 2 - President George W. Bush vs Saddam Hussein would happen whatever anyone else said or did. The people of Britain, continental Europe and most of the rest of the world would not even begin to support a war unless they had a say in it through the United Nations.
Page 106 - suggests Campbell. Tony Blair does not even begin to laugh. There follows a testy discussion of whether 'tonight' will seem the right word when the address is broadcast in Korea. 'It doesn't matter if the Koreans misunderstand the bloody time.
Page 197 - The War Cabinet has become like breakfast on the last days of an ocean cruise. Suspicions have broken down. Friendships have been made. Even the people who would not choose each other's company can be civil in the knowledge that they need not be together every morning for much longer. The intelligence men are more at ease with the politicians. The small-talk of the Chief of the Defence Staff is not reserved for Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon. 'Hi, Mike...
Page 44 - Nine years later, he is the man to whom Tony Blair still speaks the most. It is when the two are alone together that the Prime Minister's face is most the face of a friend at a party, an actor offstage, a person who is not Prime Minister. Campbell...

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About the author (2004)

Peter Stothard was the editor of the Times from 1992 to 2002 and the U.S. editor from 1989 to 1992. He is currently the editor of the Times Literary Supplement and lives in London.

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