It’s not often one gets a genuine glimpse of what it’s like to be a top politician, but Tony Blair’s A Journey: My Political Life is an engrossing memoir that gives a fascinating firsthand look into Blair’s time in power and beyond.
Blair became prime minister in 1997—after the biggest victory in Labour Party history—and remained in office for a decade. Reflecting on the ups and downs of his career and his personal challenges, Blair writes thoughtfully about his political philosophy, and gives rich detail from the center of major events of recent history: 9/11, Iraq, Princess Diana’s death, terrorism and negotiations for peace in Northern Ireland. If you ever wanted to know what it’s really like to run a country, A Journey certainly gets you awfully close.
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