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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 736 Seiten
  • Verlag: Hutchinson; Auflage: First Edition (1. September 2010)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 009192555X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091925550
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,2 x 4,6 x 24 cm
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“Deeply personal. . . . Full of candid revelations. . . . A priceless glimpse into the mind of the man who…stood by America in some of its darkest recent hours.” –Wall Street Journal

“Engaging and insightful. . . . Detailed and nuanced.” –The Boston Globe
 
“Engrossing. . . . Informal and candid enough to keep the reader thoroughly engaged.” –Fareed Zakaria, The New York Times Book Review

“A political biography of unusual interest. . . . Blair is one of the great politicians of this generation and that makes his candid moments particularly interesting.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer
 
“Well-written and perhaps unintentionally self-revealing. . . . Blair reveals himself through his thrusting political ambition, his rationales for decisions, his preoccupation with public image and his determination to play a prominent role on the world stage.” —The Washington Post Book World
 
“Fluently written. . . . Engaging.” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
 
“Absorbing. . . . Surprisingly candid. . . . A political argument about how to win elections and make social progress.” —The Independent (London)
 
“That Blair was a formidable politician can be seen in the glimpses we get of how his mind works. . . . You are left thinking two things: that it would be a blessing if some of today’s politicians took note…and that, whatever your view of Blair, you still wouldn’t want to take him on in an election.” —The New Yorker
 
“Impressive. . . . Intellectually and emotionally engaging. . . . Blair writes well, practices transparency, and on almost every page explains his decisions in detail.” —Christian Science Monitor
 
“Unique. . . . A political biography of unusual interest.” —Los Angeles Times
 
“Unusually direct. . . . He is compellingly candid about how scared he was when he first became prime minister.” —The Guardian (London)
 
“Compelling. . . . Candid and comprehensive.” —Tulsa World
 
“Blair comes across as likable, if manipulative; capable of dissembling while wonderfully fluent; in short, a brilliant modern politician.” —The Boston Globe

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Sicherlich sind wichtige Persönlichkeiten in ihren Autobiographien geneigt, ein relevantes Maß an Geschichtsrevisionismus an den Tag zu legen, gerade dann, wenn es sich um führende Gestalten des internationalen Geschehens handelt. Vor diesem Hintergrund ist es Tony Blair in keiner Weise zu verdenken, wenn er seine Sicht der Dinge in diesem umfangreichen Werk zusammenfasst, auch wenn diese nicht mit den gängigen Bildern der interessierten Öffentlichkeit übereinstimmen. Die letzte Abwägung der vielleicht gegensätzlichen Argumente bleibt ohnedies der wissenschaftlich begründeten Aufarbeitung überlassen.
Jedenfalls ist dieses Buch sehr gut in der Lage, einen Einblick in das Wirken eines Prime Ministers zu gewähren. Mit oftmals beträchtlicher Selbstironie und zuweilen durchaus kritischer Betrachtung des eigenen Handelns führt Blair durch die Fährnisse der britischen Innenpolitik wie auch durch die komplexen Beziehungen der internationalen Politik. New Labour, die langwierige Auseinandersetzung (im neutralen wie auch im negativen Sinne des Wortes) mit Gordon Brown, der Krieg im Irak und dabei das Zusammenwirken mit George Bush sind nur einige wenige der Themen.
Kurz, eine sehr gute Autobiographie eines sehr bemerkenswerten Politikers.
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Excellent insight into governance in general as well as party and world politics! Very interesting the relationship with Clinton and Bush. Great book!
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2 von 4 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Gail Cooke am 13. November 2010
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Former British prime minister Tony Blair's memoir "A Journey: My Political Life" is a political biography of unusual interest. Clearly the most dominant figure in Britain's politics for the past 20 years Blair came to the fore as leader of the Labour Party in 1994, and served as prime minister from 1997 - 2007. These years saw him deal with the devastation of Princess Diana's death, peace negotiations in Northern Ireland, enormous public service reforms, and war - Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Iraq. Here is a journal of those years in his own words.

Blair has donated all proceeds from this book to charity for wounded British military veterans. And, in his memoir he ruminates about whether or not his decisions to engage in war were wise. He delivers more than a convincing defense of his actions. Further, he expresses admiration and respect for recent American presidents, including Obama, and notes that in visiting our shores during the ten years he served as prime minister he came to love America.

It is rare that one is offered such a close look at history as seen through the eyes of an important participant. Deprecating at times his writing seems devoid of artifice, but simply a desire to tell it as it was. Speaking of telling it's an immense pleasure to listen to it read in Blair's own voice. Rich in anecdotal material A JOURNEY is interesting reading as well as being an important contribution not only for generations to come but also a study to help us better understand our world today.

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2 von 6 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Fernand Welschbillig am 4. Oktober 2010
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Tony Blair erklärt sehr viel sehr ausgiebisch. Das kann sehr interessant sein, auch etwas langweilg. Schwierig wird die Sache durch viele Abkürzungen, die uns auf dem Kontinent oft sehr fremd sind.Manche Anekdoten sind köstlich und regen zum Schmunzeln an.Er justifiziert sich und seine Politik und Taten. Da muss man schon kritischen Geist haben. Das Buch hat 700 Seiten und ist etwas schwer in den Händen. Englischkenntnissesollten sehr gut sein.
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A fascinating journey 2. September 2010
Von Emil B - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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As Tony Blair said it at the beginning of the book, this is not a memoir; it is a reflection of history that unravelled around him mainly during the time of his prime ministership. Readers may have extremely different political views and a review risks appearing taking one side or another. My review is not about Tony Blair the politician, but Tony Blair the writer. I am only judging the book from the point of view of the quality of writing describing personal development, political views, exposure to events and people packed in one single volume. My conclusion is if you can put the politics aside, it is a great read.

Undeniably, Tony is a master of political thinking. He is the longest serving Labour Prime Minister after all. You will find in this book a superb analysis of leadership when he writes about the period before the election in 1992. He is a genius when it comes to understanding the change in the public mood and society, although not without fault, as history has shown. An interesting read is the analysis of Labour philosophy, its political agenda, the structure of the voters who favoured Labour, and who didn't, the meaning of "working class" in the 80's (the philosophical essence of the change to New Labour could be summarised in his words: "I hate class. I love aspiration"), the thinking system of some of the Labour main public figures.

The book is personal story narrated in a style that changes throughout the book. It can be crisp and clear, but it can be convoluted, dragging the argument on and on. It gives away a schism between two sides which contradict themselves: the intense, ambitious political man who has the point blank desire to get the power ("it is an extraordinary feeling...you can achieve something beyond the ordinary") and the person accepting the destiny that gives him the sceptre of that power. The sense of destiny appears sometimes as if he did it because he had to; it is almost a justification for some difficult choices.

One of the aspects I liked about the book is its authenticity. Tony Blair seems to be genuine; he is not chasing elegance and righteousness and sometimes he becomes so involved with the subject to the point where he almost forgets he is addressing to a reader. He would know when is opinion is controversial and accept many others have opposite opinions. He leaves the door open for others' interpretation of error on his behalf. He knows the public is judging him. His only defence is personal belief in what he considers his duty.

He can be very funny at times. The story of his "freaking" experience at the Balmoral Castle with the royal family when the valet asked if he wanted him to "draw the bath" made me laugh out loud. I have the impression he enjoyed working on this book; except probably when he talks about Gordon Brown.

He describes the PMQ (Prime Minister Question) times as "discombobulating, nail-biting, bowel-moving, terror-inspiring, courage-draining experience in my prime ministerial life, without question". And many other subjects are treated with the same deliberate style, the Northern Ireland peace deal, Iraq, relationship with US, etc.

There is one thread though that goes through the book, something that causes him quite a discomfort: his relationship with Gordon Brown (GB as he refers to him sometimes). This is an aspect of his life that has no definite closure and he is not hundred percent comfortable talking about it, but he talks.

I can bet London on a brick on that you will find at least on one occasion something intriguing, interesting and fascinating somewhere in this book that will surprise you. I will not give any example of that for two reasons: I don't want to give away details of the book and because of many of the controversies and huge amount of publicity that followed Tony Blair during this political life, what is interesting, intriguing, interesting and fascinating depends entirely on the reader's attitude and political belief.
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Fabulous Read of the Life of a Charismatic Prime Minister !!! 3. September 2010
Von Richard of Connecticut - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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First my objective analysis: Blair was Labor leader in 1994, and rode that position to become Prime minister in 1997 with the biggest victory in Labor's history. The book contains 22 chapters covering the period 1997 to 2007. There is a chapter dealing with 2007 - 2010 which are issues that are current and subsequent to his service as Prime Minister. As you know all biography is subjective and selective, and this book is no less so than others. The book's most interesting chapters are:

3) New Labor

5) Princess Diane

6) Peace in Northern Ireland

8) Kosovo

12) 9/11 "Shoulder to Shoulder"

My Subjective Analysis": Tony Blair can write, no ifs, ands, or buts about it. You know an author is at the very top of his form when he can put together sentences in such a way that you say to yourself, if I had a month to think about it, I don't think I could have put it any better.

An example is in the introduction, where Blair states the American burden is that it wants to be loved, but knows it can't be. Love is given to nations with which we sympathize...powerful nations aren't loved...they have to be feared by their enemies.

Blair also seems to be excellent at understanding the world leaders that he developed extensive personal and long relationships with. This includes Vladimir Putin, Clinton, Bush, and now Obama. Listen in just a few words at what awaits you:

Bill Clinton - The Prime Minister found Clinton to be, "The most formidable politician I ever met, actually a brilliant President. He made it at times look easy."

George W. Bush - Blair thought Bush was straight forward and direct. He says about Bush, "The stupidest misconception was that he was stupid" - great intuition, less about politics, more about he thought was right and wrong.

Barack Obama - This was a very interesting observation. "This is a man with steel in every part of him."

You will love his candid analysis of all the major players in the world. However as is true in most autobiographic materials, Blair is less candid about himself and his shortcomings. There is very little about his upbringing or what brought him to his political beliefs. Regarding Iraq he is unapologetic about leading his country to war when there were no weapons of mass destruction. It seems he is trying to sway history here, more than the current reader.

Blair also states that his interest in religion was greater than his interest in politics, but then tells us nothing about how his religious beliefs have impacted and shaped his political beliefs. All in all this is a GREAT READ, and I urge you to do so, if only to get a wonderful understanding of how a foreign leader who had an understanding of America in this time viewed our country through his own informed lens.

Blair will always be remembered as the man who brought the Labor Party into the 21st century by getting rid of the concept of nationalization, and let's disarm by ourselves. He also was quite eloquent in explaining our President's position on Iraq better than our President was. Small failing's aside, I think you will love reading this book, and thank you for reading this review.

Richard C. Stoyeck
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My Bet: An Incomplete Journey 1. Dezember 2010
Von Marc Korman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Tony Blair's autobiography hits all the high points of his tenure and a few around it: Some brief background about Blair's fairly pedestrian middle class background; his rise to power in Labor including the timely death of one of his predecessors which allowed him to jump to leadership; his three elections and the many episodes that came between them such as Iraq, peace efforts in Ireland, National Health Service reform, and the millennium; and his long, somewhat tortured departure. A few observations:

1. Tony Blair never really had a friendship with Gordon Brown. Oh he says they were friends and the press has told us they were, but if you read between the lines they always viewed each other as competitors. Blair did not miss many opportunities to leapfrog over Brown in the party leadership or slap Brown down as PM. He then seems surprised when Brown does not treat him with total deference. I am sure he said something nice about Brown somewhere in the book, but I cannot recall where.

2. Blair is much more conservative than I thought. I always thought of Blair as a progressive to moderate who was muscular on national security. Blair tries to align himself with Bill Clinton as a third way type of centrist progressive. But other than climate change and a few platitudes towards progressive programs, Blair does not really have much patience for them. This really comes through with his criticism to the economic crisis that occurred once he was out of office, which he seems to believe the market could have solved. But throughout the book his description of "new labor" has a lot in common with the Republican Party in the United States. Oh I am sure I am overstating it, but I was really surprised by the way his positions came off.

3. Blair could not decide who his audience was. At times Blair does a good job of explaining things to us Americans but at other times names are flying by fast and furious and events and formalities that are likely common knowledge in the British system are a bit confusing. That is understandable given that he was the British PM and has no obligation to write for us uninformed Americans, just be prepared for it.

4. Blair needed an editor. The book rambles on a bit particularly in the section on Ireland (which brings me back to point 3, I did not have much context for it) and his "will he, won't he, when will he" departure. Blair also tends to describe people the same way. "Joe Smith was Joe Smith, as ever," never really saying too much about them, sometimes criticizing them, but assuring us that he still likes and respects them for some reason. I noticed it again and again.

5. Blair really liked George W. Bush. He also really liked Clinton, but he really gives a good defense of President Bush here including some of his lesser known but best policies such as support for Africa. Blair's relationships with the two US presidents he served with is interesting and I wonder if there is any president he would not have found a way to get along with. He did not think much of Reagan, though he was not PM then but praised Obama whose tenure began after his.

6. Blair wants to come back. He basically says it at the end but it is something that occurred to me as I was reading the book. Iraq prevents that for now, but this book's spirited defense and time may change the political calculus for Blair. Disraeli, Gladstone, and Churchill all had multiple runs at 10 Downing Street and I think Blair harbors that ambition too.

All in all, a good showing by one of the most influential political leaders of our times.
56 von 77 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Great insights...great read... 2. September 2010
Von Lewis Codington - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Mr. Blair has fascinating insights into our times and especially into the leaders who have been on the world stage during his years in politics. He speaks as if he is chatting to you over a cup of coffee...yet his thoughts and conclusions show deep thinking and understanding. Much more than simply reviewing the events he has been part of, he evaluates, assesses, and judges the importance and substance of these recent years. A great book...
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This is really long 16. Dezember 2010
Von Straightforward - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I was not sure that I would finish this book and I always finish books. It is very long but did have some very good content. I have always liked Tony Blair and his centrist political perspectives are at times interesting. I am glad to have learned all that I did but did it really require 600+ pages. If you want to learn about the UK, Tony Blair and a perspective at least somewhat different than what we are used to, go ahead, but realize this will take a long time.
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