Blair's affair with America is one of the most compelling stories of our time. He is the prime minister whose bonding with George W. Bush imperiled his political future in Britain while making him a hero to many Americans after 9/11. In this powerful and compelling narrative, James Naughtie asks why Americans took him to their hearts, and what this means for our politics, our leaders, and the kind of country we are.
In seven years, Tony Blair turned the "special relationship" into something of a love affair. With unparalleled knowledge and using the testimony of a wide circle of intimate contacts, Naughtie traces the roots of Blair's American obsession - from the intimacy of the Clinton years to the controversy of the Bush administration's War on Terror ¿ showing how he has revelled in the adulation and respect showered on him.
This is essential listening for anyone hoping to understand the enigma of Tony Blair.
Seeing the review comment from the Independent I wondered if this would be little more than an attack on Blair. Instead I found it fascinating and enlightening. I also enjoyed the author reading it himself. It did seem to jump about a bit, and at less than three hours I would have welcomed an unabridged verson if that had changed that.
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What made the experience of listening to The Accidental American the most enjoyable?
I am keen on politics so know quite a lot about it but it was very satisfying to hear all the things we think we know about structured into a narrative, well told by the author, who knows his stuff. Tony Blair and his obsession with 'legacy' is more than slightly scary.
Which character – as performed by James Naughtie – was your favourite?
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Tony Blair - A Napolean for the 21st Century
Any additional comments?
Would have been more satisfied by an unabridged version. It's a highly significant part of history (for all the wrong reasons btw Tony) and I would have liked more detail.