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Tony Blair became an MP in 1983, leader of the Labour Party in 1994, and was prime minister of the United Kingdom from May 1997 to June 2007. Since leaving office, he has served as the Quartet Representative to the Middle East, representing the U.S., the UN, Russia, and the EU in working with the Palestinians to prepare for statehood as part of the international community s effort to secure peace. In May 2008 he launched the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, which promotes respect and understanding among the major religions. His Africa Governance Initiative works with leaders and their governments on policy delivery and attracting sustainable investment in Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Liberia." "He also works with world leaders to build consensus on an international climate-policy framework."
Unusually compelling reading for a political memoir. -Best Books of 2010, " Financial Times (UK)" Instructive particularly on the art and discipline of centrist leadership. -John Avlon, Favorite Books of 2010, " The Daily Beast" Especially welcome. Luckily" A Journey "is not one of those leaden bricks of official reminiscence. The tone is confiding, informal and forthright . . . "A Journey" is a deeply personal book, full of candid revelations . . . It provides a priceless glimpse into the mind of the man who devoted himself to the transformation [of the Labour party] and who stood by America in some of its darkest recent hours. -Martin Rubin, "The Wall Street Journal""" Engaging and insightful . . . A better than usual contribution to the literary genre of political memoir. -Claude R. Marx, " The Boston Globe" 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. -Leonard Downie Jr., "The Washington Post Book World" Engrossing . . . Blair writes honestly and openly. The style is not the elegant Oxbridge prose that might have been expected of a former prime minister but one filled with Americanisms. It is breezy, informal and candid enough to keep the reader thoroughly engaged. -Fareed Zakaria, " The New York Times Book Review" Fluently written . . . Engaging . . . Some of the most quoted bits of this book will doubtless include Mr. Blair s thumbnail sketches of colleagues and acquaintances. -Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times" 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. -John Lanchester, "The New Yorker" A political biography of unusual interest . . . Blair is one of the great politicians of this generation and that makes his candid moments particularly interesting. -Tim Rutten, " The Philadelphia Inquirer" Compelling . . . Candid and comprehensive. -Glenn C. Altschuler, " Tulsa World""" Uncommonly candid . . . A vividly rendered account of life in office, with plenty of beneficial pointers to aspiring politicos on either side of the Atlantic. -Starred review, "Kirkus" Discerning . . . Behind the scenes in the halls of power is always an interesting place to go, and Blair takes us there with delight on his part and on our part. " -Booklist" Blair s candor can be bracing. He paints comic scenes of excruciating audiences with dull dignitaries and the weekly torment of Prime Minister s Questions . . . and never hides his preoccupation with image-crafting and media relations. Blair reveals himself to be savvy, charming, and sometimes earnest and impassioned. -"Publishers Weekly""