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Blair, Inc.: The Man Behind the Mask

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Since he left office in 2007, the empire of Tony Blair has grown exponentially. As a businessman he has been unprecedentedly successful for a former public servant, with a large property portfolio and an estimated GBP80 million of earnings accrued in just a few short years. But how has he managed to achieve this?

Being an ex-prime minister comes with certain advantages, and besides his excellent state pension and twenty-four-hour security team, Blair enjoys the best contacts that money can buy - as do those willing to pay him for access to those contacts. Consequently Tony Blair Associates' clients can be found around the world and include the controversial presidents of Kazakhstan and Burma. There is also Blair's role as special envoy in the Middle East.

While his record as a peacemaker is in doubt, the position has brought him into contact with a variety of oil-rich potentates in the region who now number among his most profitable clients. Blair Inc.: The Man Behind the Mask takes a close look at the complex financial structures in Blair's world. From the many layers of tax liability to the multiple conflicts of interest produced by his increasing web of relationships, this book exposes the private dealings of this very public figure.

©2015 Francis Beckett, David Hecke and Nick Kochan (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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  • kevin
    7/21/15
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    "Dull and laborious"
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    I was expecting to enjoy this book as I have an interest in the subject matter however I found it to be an effort to listen to and unable to hold my attention. I gave up half way through.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • R D Droy
    6/22/15
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    "Very critical but well argued overall"

    This was an excellent book which certainly exposed a number of contradictions in how Blair likes to portray himself. He seems to be very conflicted in his desire to make money versus his desire to be a respected elder statesman across the world.
    In my opinion, he has struck the balance all wrong and has mishandled how he has dealt with criticism. His obsession with secrecy and confidentiality hasn't helped his cause at all and only fuels suspicion in many people's minds.
    The only part of the book I thought was unnecessary was when it focusses on some of his friends such as Stephen Byers etc. It felt a bit like the authors were implying guilt by association which whether true or not detracted from their main central argument.
    Overall, I thought the authors justified their major arguments and although I have nothing against people making money, you just felt Blair could have gone about it a different way and done some good along the way too.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Julian
    4/7/15
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    "Really like the Guardian? You'll enjoy this."

    I entirely agree with 'David "Dave" - Amazon 1 * review.

    Before the end of the first chapter I was counting the number of occasions where the authors seemed more interested advancing their apparent view that TB is just an awful human who only seeks to engage in subterfuge and dirty dealings, whilst painting other people who share characteristics as paragons of virtue. The hypocrisy of the mental double standards gets tiring quickly. One example is the description of the former Quartet rep as a 'principled {etc etc} person' who gave up the post for lack of opportunity to engage a political dimension to the role, and then criticizing TB for not pursuing a political dimension to the role, which was, as previously noted, outside the scope of the role... This approach continued, leaving me with the view that the authors are Guardian reading liberals trying to sell books, rather than authors who are seriously interested in presenting unbiased facts and letting the reader decide what they want to think about TB.

    Sections were interesting of course, such as how TB has set up his businesses in order to prevent the kind of info disclosure regarding his business affairs. But, given the tenor of the authors and the fact TB is a widely disliked person (by persons who would actually harm him), I don't blame the fellow for taking security seriously. Given that the public has no real right to otherwise know about a private individual's private affairs, and the organisations TB otherwise works for, including the Quartet, are not state institutions that are accountable to democracies, this book is left with little to stand on apart from petty dislike and probably jealousy of a man who has leveraged his experience and contacts to his advantage. So what?

    This book is from the same vein of thinking as those who believe all politicians should earn the national average wage, commute on the tube and then retire as Guardian columnists, telling the world how awful wind farms are.

    Quote from wikipedia on Francis Beckett:

    'Beckett has been described as "an Old Labour romantic" by Guardian associate editor Michael White.[1]'

    Enough said.

    5 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    tipperaryIreland
    11/1/16
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    "fascinating and damming insight"

    Like many Labour supporters, I was delighted and full of hope when Blair came to office, sadly, I will never support this party again due to Blair. This book is well researched, shows how this man became the vile, corrupt and greedy, individual he is today, paid vast amounts to support some of the most evil dictators. if you want to understand why he is so disliked, read this.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Arthur
    Gympie, Australia
    9/8/15
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    "Dont Buy this Book !!!"

    I bought his 'auto' which was sort of interesting if you happened to live in the UK at the time.
    However this 'saga' is as boring as bat !@$^ !!

    We all know how this guy behaves , lets just leave it at that !!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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