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A Journey - In 1997, Tony Blair won the biggest Labour victory in history to sweep the party to power and end eighteen years of Conservative government. He has been one of the most dynamic leaders of modern times; few British prime ministers have shaped the nation's course as profoundly as Blair during his ten years in power, and his achievements and his legacy will be debated for years to come. Now his memoirs reveal in intimate detail this unique political and personal journey, providing an insight into the man, the politician and the statesman, and charting successes, controversies and disappointments with an extraordinary candour. "A Journey" will prove essential and compulsive reading for anyone who wants to understand the complexities of our global world. As an account of the nature and uses of power, it will also have a readership that extends well beyond politics, to all those who want to understand the challenges of leadership today.

Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780091925550
Postage & Packing: £12 to the U.K. for worldwide postage please email us for a quote.




Tony Blair personally signed these 'A Journey' hardback books in 2010 at his home/residence.

We managed to obtain a limited number and now have them available for purchase.

These books were delivered to Tony Blair's home/residence where he handled and personally hand signed each book, then after a period they were delivered to Mr Johnson.

All the books have been personally handled and hand signed on the actual book title page by Tony Blair and are in the condition they were when delivered to Mr Johnson.

Mr Johnson  is the President and Owner of the Elvis Presley Museum, for more information please visit: www.elvispresleymuseum.com 



The price for each signed 'A Journey' thick hardback book is (Please email us for price) GBP-Pounds & Pence Sterling plus £12 postage and packing, sent Royal Mail Special Delivery to the U.K fully insured. For worldwide postage, please email us for a quote.
 
Please note: we have more that one of these signed books, we have photographed one below, but they are all very similar.

These books are personally handled and signed on the actual book by Tony Blair

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Key Features
 
Author(s)                          Tony Blair
Publisher                           Cornerstone
Date of Publication            01/09/2010
Language(s)                      English
Format                              Hardback
ISBN-10                          0091925550
ISBN-13                          9780091925550
Genre Autobiography:       Historical, Political & Military
 
 
Publication Data
 
Place of Publication          London
Country of Publication      United Kingdom
Imprint                             Hutchinson
Content Note                   cl Illustrations
 
 
Dimensions
 
Weight                             1060 g
Width                               160 mm
Height                               241 mm
Spine                                44 mm
Pagination                         736


 
Review's by the Press

Written in a congenial style peppered with slang and gossipy asides. At one moment he is the bloke in the pub. The next, he is Churchill. --Ben MacIntyre, The Times

This is a more honest political memoir than most and more open in many respects than I had anticipated. He is compellingly candid about how scared he was when he first became prime minister . . . He is unusually direct about his calculations, even when they don't reflect well on him . . . He admits to stretching the truth beyond `breaking point' to secure a settlement in Northern Ireland. Even when the lies are told in a noble cause, few politicians are honest enough to admit that they sometimes feel compelled to be deceivers. --Andrew Rawnsley, Observer

He is by turns outspoken, provocative, unrepentant, often serious, sometimes funny. --David Frost, Al Jazeera

Tony Blair's memoir is part psychodrama, part treatise on the frustrations of leadership in a modern democracy . . . The book's broader purpose is to preserve his legacy, settling scores, justifying the war against Iraq, and mounting a defiant plea to his party to keep faith with New Labour . . . Blair comes across as likable, if manipulative; capable of dissembling while wonderfully fluent; in short, a brilliant modern politician. --Lionel Barber, Financial Times

Will certainly become a bestseller.
--Robert McCrum, Observer

This is substantial, thoughtful book and on the whole well written . . . My judgment is that he has for the most part set down honestly his version of events and attempted seriously to engage with his critics --Chris Mullin, Times

The fascination of the British public with Tony Blair is almost on the scale of his fascination with his own relationship to them --Dominic Lawson, Sunday Times

Really rather splendid --Jan Moir, Daily Mail

Prime Ministerial memoirs are traditionally stuffy, formal and guarded, as though written under police caution. Tony Blair's are nothing of the sort . . . his memoirs are chummy, colloquial, impulsive and rash . . . it is this candour that makes the book so readable --(4 out of 5 star review) Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday

As this book immodestly reveals, Tony Blair was, and remains, a remarkable influence on politics, both domestically and internationally
--Menzies Campbell, Scotland on Sunday

What makes his memoir so absorbing as it swings from clever phrase-making and thoughtful contemporary history to wince-inducing self-analysis, is that he is the first of a generation of politicians to conduct their craft as if observing themselves from an amused an admiring distance - and then to write about it. No recent politician has examines his own motives and psychology quite so candidly -- John Rentoul, Independent

It is the small revelations about the character of Blair that make this book worthwhile --Ross Clark, Express

It's a gripping insight into the ex-PM's ten years of power . . . It will take a lot for many people to read his own take on the rise and fall of New Labour, but those that do might be reminded of the charm and vision that swept him to power --News of the World

I have read many a prime ministerial memoir and none of the other authors has been as self-deprecating, as willing to admit mistakes and to tell jokes against themselves --Mary Ann Sieghart, Independent

Paints a candid picture of his friend and rival, Gordon Brown, and of their relationship
--Patrick Hennessy, Sunday Telegraph
 
 
Review's by the general public

A very well written book and a pleasant surprise, 16 Jan 2011
 
When I bought this I did so out of generational interest rather than any pro- or anti-partisan feelings towards Blair. Bottom line, anyone who has led the country in for over ten years is bound to have had a direct influence on your life and so their memoirs are worth exploring. As soon as I started reading, I got a very reassuring feeling about Blair's intentions with the book. And these are not to drone on about historical facts, but rather to open his thought process to you as a reader of what he was going through during his lengthy time in politics. It really is a commendable piece of recollection as to how he evolved as a person with the job, whilst obviously giving his perspective on the times he lived through and shaped. I truly believe he wrote this book with good intentions and honesty at the heart of it, including his explanation of the dynamics between himself and Gordon Brown which when read in full and in context read very differently to the media headlines. Lastly, the book is very entertaining intellectually. Blair is a very smart man who not only demonstrates a politically sharp mind but also a superlative sense of evolutionary thinking with regards to British society and Britain's role in the world. When I finished the book I didn't necessarily change my views on the points I disagreed with New Labour about. But I did discover a new-found respect for Tony Blair. Worth reading and making your own mind up about the book.

 
 
Surprisingly Frank Account, 9 Jan 2011

I am a Labour activist, however, I did read the book with an open mind particularly because I always felt that Tony Blair was rather guarded in what he was really thinking and because of the slick spin that surrounded him it was difficult to get the "unspun" version of how decisions came about.

This book could easily have been a case for the defence of things like Iraq, September 11th, Diana, and many more things that Blair was part of. What you actually get is a very frank account of what he did, what he was thinking and what he thinks he could have done better. When you have finished the book you may agree with me that Blair is venting his innermost thoughts and the book was probably quite therapeutic for him to write.

Parts of the book do linger a little, but we should not criticize him for doing so as you get a satisfying amount of detail. In particular I found the account of the Northern Ireland Peace negotiations grueling in its detail but ultimately this is a good section of the book. He discusses Iraq in plenty of detail, he discusses his relationship with Gordon Brown and even talks about making love to his wife! I bet no-one saw that coming!

This book is not a watered down case for the defence it is a revealing book about his thoughts and motives. As he says in the book, he gives his side of the story and appreciates people reading it. Whatever your view afterwards is yours to decide but you will find this a revealing and well-written book and one of the better political memoirs on the market.




A Journey worth taking, 25 Dec 2010


Given that this is a review of Tony Blair's memoirs, and not of his policies or of Blair himself, I shan't be delving too deeply into the actual decisions represented in the book. Whatever your political loyalties, it is undeniable that Tony Blair is one of the most memorable Prime Ministers in modern history. His decisions are among the most controversial, and there is a real sense of intrigue surrounding his memoirs.

The much-hyped, long-awaited volume promised to go inside the head of the man behind the politics. Instead of being presented in strict chronological order, the book's chapters are arranged by theme, allowing the reader to read about stand-alone topics of interest. Given that these chapters are still organised in what is broadly date order, I found myself able to read from beginning to end without confusion.

I found Blair's prose incredibly easy to read, and other than himself and Gordon Brown as TB/GB, he used the full names of the people he talked about. I mention this because Alistair Campbell's 2007 offering The Blair Years referred to almost everybody by their initials, perhaps the most irritating quirk of what was otherwise a book I rated very highly. I actually appreciated the very droll humour that Blair used, and on occasion I chuckled out loud.

Most rewarding for anybody who would pick up a political memoir, Blair is refreshingly frank (much to the reported chagrin of Mr Brown and Her Majesty, among others). His bluntness as to his thoughts, his agreements and disagreements makes compelling reading.

Naturally, there is some trumpet-blowing. In fairness, when anybody - and especially a figure as divisive as Blair - attempts to pen their legacy, it can only be expected that their successes are recounted with relish. As Blair himself says, if he doesn't then nobody else will. But more interesting yet, Blair is honest about what he regards as mistakes and is critical of his own attitudes, speeches and decisions where he feels he got it wrong.

Considerable coverage is given to, unsurprisingly, the Iraq war. Blair seeks not to convince anybody of his case, but he does ask within the book that his words are read with an open mind. Therein, he recounts with what appears to be honestly his reasons for instigating the conflict and answers some of the most frequent criticisms. Thereafter, he leaves the reader to judge.
 
Admittedly, Blair's overall account is one-sided at times. No doubt, Brown and other key players would remember things differently. But it is Blair's memoirs that we are reading and not a history book, so that is to be expected. Having said that, it genuinely does feel like having a conversation with the most powerful man in the New Labour movement. His conversational style, with his frequent sidetracks and returns to his original point, make the lengthy book surprisingly fluid. His personal stories, judgements and anecdotes are as interesting as his political ones and the rare insights into national and international political workings are gems.

Overall, I have awarded A Journey maximum five stars. Not because I believe every decision was the right one, and not because I believe that Blair was the perfect Prime Minister. I rate it five stars because the memoir delivers what it promises to: "Amid the millions of words written about him, this book is unique: his own journey, in his own words."

For anybody interested in politics, or current affairs in general, this is a must-have. Love him or hate him, Tony Blair is one of the most prominent PM's in modern times. His decisions changed the national and international landscape forever and to read his thoughts, his reasoning and his outlook in his very own words is compelling, intriguing and the only chance you will ever have to reach into the mind of the longest-serving, most divisive Labour Prime Minister in UK history.



A Wonderful Book on Leadership, 25 Dec 2010

Tony Blair is a modern Julius Caesar who has suffered a similar fate. There ought to have been no call for him to leave government at the height of his powers. That occurred only because his party and the public had bought into the false labels applied to him by a sensation-seeking media who wanted a war and then a scapegoat for the sensations they created. He has been called a liar because no WMD were found. The idea that there never were any WMD is demolished by the thousands of Kurds who were killed by them and the other deaths in the Saddam pipeline, who amounted to 900,000 (p378/9). But there are two reasons for the war: Saddam's continual refusal to admit weapons inspectors to places they needed to see and his continual boasting about what damage he intended to do to other countries which was believable because he had just invaded Kuwait and promised death and destruction to the US and the UK, among others. These had to be dealt with because he did have the power to carry out these threats. Where a rogue state has the power to lay waste cities and large numbers of people and continually says it intends to use it, intervention is a duty to pre-empt it.

This was a new situation for the world, for up to now, few countries possessed the means to damage others. In an age when an atom bomb can be built on instructions downloaded from the internet, everything is suddenly different. Intervention, crossing a country's borders with troops in force, has become a duty to save lives. Gordon Brown would not have taken that line because he does not have the necessary insight, the judgement that is the hallmark of the great leader, which Blair, on every page of this book, reveals himself to be. So far from GB being the brains and TB, the presentation skills, (which is how they are often seen) we see now that TB had the lot. That nowhere in the book is there any damaging criticism of anyone and yet we are informed how things really were is one aspect of this masterly performance. Again, as always, Blair remains on side with everyone. His revelations about John Prescott are hilarious (p330). There is no shirking the difficult bits: his fears and his critical self- assessments. The idea that he was Bush's poodle is seen to be nonsense dreamed up by the media who had written off Bush as a cowboy without brains, another mistaken label foisted on the public so incessantly that it stuck.

This book should be studied by everyone who intends to seek office and everyone who would like to understand what
leadership is about. It has been said that this book was ghosted. No doubt others were involved in preparing the text. But it is his own book on every page. The man who drafted and redrafted his own speeches, as he tells us, could not have handed this over to anyone else. It bears his stamp everywhere: the lion recognised by his paw.
 
What is often not noticed is Blair's courage on going to war as well as in backing Bush, even his success in persuading Bush to seek UN resolutions before going to war. These are all phenomenal successes of leadership. What other British Prime Minister would have had the courage to intervene in this way when it was virtually inevitable that disaster for him personally was the obvious eventual outcome? GB would not have had the bottle for this. This is what makes Blair a leader par excellence: he was determined to do the right thing, carefully calculated what it was and did it, regardless of the consequences to himself. He never lost sight of the reason which drives his political existence: the ambition to make the world a better place.

William Wallace Cunningham Scott



Genuinely fascinating, 3 Dec 2010


I have never liked Tony Blair, never liked Labour and marched against the War. I bought this book from a desire to understand why Labour and particularly Tony Blair governed as they did. I could not put the book down and found it genuinely fascinating both as an insight into politics and also the role of the prime minister in modern Britain. Blair is very different from the man I was expecting and a far better man than I would have guessed. Although still against the war, he had by the end convinced me there was an argument both ways. Whilst I consider myself objective, I admit I felt a bit of shame that I definitely fell into the camp that has allowed itself to be led by media opinion of individuals rather than seriously considering a politicians argument on its merits. His reflection on the negative way the media influences politics and public opinion is spot on and this really must change. A lot of reviewers have criticized the personal style the book is written in and in normal circumstances I might agree. However A journey is such a good read that this becomes irrelevant and actually really helps to get inside the mind of a man who is making decisions with historic and grave consequences every day. The analysis of the relationships within the Labour Party is also particularly intriguing. Most of the negative reviews do seem to come at the book with an agenda and also I suspect have not read the entire book or even some of it. Certainly for me it has changed my whole perspective of the New Labour years and its principle architects and is more informative than one hundred second-rate history books on the subject. To sum up, if you have any serious interest in Great Britain and Northern Ireland and its future, this is a book that should definitely be read.



An Interesting Journey...The Memoirs Of TB, 1 Dec 2010


A very interesting book I must say, which I have read twice now since buying it. Blair's opinion and decisions are relived through his eyes in this book and you do get a sense of the man behind the media stereotype.

This book is also interesting for Blair's side of the story in the Blair/Brown rivalry and the constant bickering the two had during the ten year tenure Tony Blair was the Prime Minister.

Also interesting is the history defining moments Blair was party to and also involved in such as the Northern Ireland peace process, Kosovo and the controversial War on Terror.

This is an education into the man the myth and the history of recent British and World Politic's and an interesting story to boot.
 
 
 

 
Born: 6 May 1953 in Edinburgh, Scotland

First entered Parliament: 9 June 1983

Age he became PM: 43 years, 361 days

Maiden Speech: 6 July 1983, when he spoke about the unemployment problems in his Sedgefield constituency.

Total time as PM: 10 years, 56 days

 

Facts and figures

Education: Fettes College, Edinburgh and St John’s College, Oxford University

Family: Tony Blair is the second of three children. He married Cherie Booth QC, a barrister, in 1980. They have three sons and one daughter.

Interests: Spending time with his children, reading (mainly literary classics and biographies), watching thrillers, swimming, playing tennis and playing guitar

 

Biography

Pre-1997

Tony Blair was born in Edinburgh, but spent most of his childhood in Durham. At the age of 14 he returned to Edinburgh to finish his education at Fettes College. He studied law at Oxford, before going on to become a barrister.

After standing unsuccessfully for the Labour Party in a by-election in Beaconsfield in 1982, Mr Blair went on to win the seat of Sedgefield in the General Election the following year, aged 30.

Tony Blair made a speedy rise through the ranks until the Labour leader, John Smith, promoted him to Shadow Home Secretary following the 1992 election.

John Smith died suddenly and unexpectedly in 1994 and, in the subsequent leadership contest, Tony Blair won a large majority of his party’s support.

He immediately launched his campaign to modernise the Labour Party and re-claim the political centre, which he saw as essential for victory. Party members showed their support for his project when they voted to remove Labour’s historic commitment to public ownership, helping Mr Blair to create what he coined “New Labour.”

 

1997-2001

The Labour Party won the 1997 General Election by a landslide, after 18 years in Opposition. At the age of 43, Tony Blair became the youngest Prime Minister since Lord Liverpool in 1812 and moved into Number 10 with his family.

The new government immediately began a far-reaching programme of constitutional change. Following referendums in both Scotland and Wales, a range of powers was devolved to the new Scottish Parliament and National Assembly for Wales.

An elected post of Mayor of London was established at the head of a new capital-wide authority, and all but 92 hereditary peers were removed from the House of Lords in the first stage of its reform.

Big investment in health and education was promised following Tony Blair’s election and, in 2000, major plans were announced to overhaul the NHS, including extra beds, new building schemes and more staff.

New literacy and numeracy strategies were introduced from 1998 and as part of plans to transform secondary education, particularly in troubled cities, the first academy projects were announced in September 2000.

One of Mr Blair’s most radical reforms came in when, in 1998, following means testing, many university students in England paid tuition fees for the first time.

On 10 April 1998, Tony Blair led the UK government’s team that negotiated the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland. It set out plans for devolved, inclusive government, the early release of terrorist prisoners, the decommissioning of paramilitary weapons and the reform of the criminal justice system.

In 1999, Mr Blair played a large part in resolving the Kosovo crisis, persuading NATO to take a strong stance against Yugoslav President, Slobodan Miloševic.

The following year, Mr Blair sent troops to Sierra Leone to make a vital contribution to restoring order and disarming rebel forces during the country’s civil war. In May 2000, British armed forces stopped rebels taking the capital and saved the elected government from near collapse.

 

2001-2005

Tony Blair was re-elected with another landslide majority in the 2001 General Election. By 1 August 2003, he had become the longest continuously serving Labour Prime Minister, after surpassing Harold Wilson’s 1964-1970 term.

The attacks in New York and Washington of 11 September 2001 meant that much of his second term focused on foreign policy issues – notably the ‘war on terror’, which began in Afghanistan following the attacks, and the war in Iraq.

Africa was an increasing priority for Mr Blair during his second term. In February 2004, he helped to launch an international commission to examine the situation in Africa and policies towards the continent. The following year it recommended that wealthy nations double their aid to the continent. Also in 2005, the UK pledged to pay 10% of developing countries’ foreign debts, beginning with Tanzania’s, to try to combat poverty.

The issue of climate change also became increasingly important. Having previously pledged the UK’s support for the Kyoto Protocol, Mr Blair made a speech in September 2004, where he warned that action was essential to avoid “catastrophic consequences”.

Mr Blair’s government pushed through a series of major domestic reforms during this period too, including increased investment in public services, especially health, education and transport.

The reform of the NHS continued with the launch of the first NHS foundation trusts – NHS hospitals with increased financial and managerial independence – in 2004.

In 2004, the Higher Education Bill was narrowly passed in Parliament, meaning that instead of a flat rate, universities would be able to charge up to £3,000 per year from 2006. To support poorer students, the reintroduction of means-tested maintenance grants and loans to cover fees were also planned.

 

2005-2007

The Labour Party went on to win a third term for Mr Blair in May 2005, albeit with a reduced majority.

In July 2005, Tony Blair chaired the G8 summit at Gleneagles. The two biggest issues discussed were climate change and Africa. G8 nations agreed to cancel the debts of 18 countries and to a $50 billion (£28.8 billion) boost to aid.

On 6 July 2005, Mr Blair was pleased when London won the opportunity to host the 2012 Olympics. However, the next day, the nation’s mood went from joy to sorrow, as a series of bomb attacks on London’s transport network killed 52 people and injured 700. Mr Blair returned to London from the G8 summit to condemn the terrorists and pay tribute to the people of London.

Later that year, the UK held the EU presidency, where a new EU Budget deal was made.

At home, Mr Blair’s government made further proposals to reform the NHS, including placing a greater emphasis on community services. Further reforms to education were also promised when Mr Blair’s controversial education bill, which aimed to increase parental choice and allow maintained schools in England to link with independent trusts, was supported in Parliament.

New proposals were made on the reform of pensions too. These included encouraging personal savings, linking basic state pensions to earnings, widening eligibility and increasing the pensionable age.

And, in May 2007, Mr Blair announced that the UK would have to increase its use of nuclear energy if it was to reduce carbon emissions and meet the need for renewable energy.

In 2006, Mr Blair declared that the “IRA’s campaign is over” after the publication of a report by the Independent Monitoring Commission. In May 2007, a new executive in took power in Northern Ireland, almost five years after the previous institutions were suspended.

Tony Blair announced his resignation on 10 May 2007 and left office on 27 June 2007, to be succeeded by Gordon Brown. He continues to be interested in inter-faith issues and the promotion of inter-faith understanding.

 

Tony Blair’s fourth child, Leo, was the first child to be born to a serving Prime Minister since Francis Russell was born to Lord John Russell in 1849.


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