Synopses & Reviews
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.
“Stothard excels at showing the eccentric world of Downing Street, with its archaic, genteel rituals and sardonic banter.” The New Yorker
“This is an observant, thought-provoking book, written with an admirable lightness of touch.” Noel Malcolm, The Evening Standard
“A terrific book.” Thomas Friedman, New York Times
About the Author
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.