30 Days by Peter Stothard
A Month at the Heart of Blair's War (Text Only)

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A unique, unprecedented eyewitness account of the thirty most critical days of Tony Blair’s political career as Prime Minister, from 10 March 2003 to the end of the second Gulf War, written by the former editor of The Times.

For thirty extraordinary days, in March and April 2003, Tony Blair defied street protests, party revolts, allied anger and government resignations in order to send British troops to Iraq to oust Saddam Hussein.
What was it like inside Downing Street during that time? What was it like while the Prime Minister risked his job for such an unpopular cause? Why did he do it? Peter Stothard, who for a month was given unprecedented access to shadow almost every move the Prime Minister made, gives a unique view from the inside.
From the 'den' of Ten Downing Street to the back corridors of the House of Commons, through councils of war in the Azores, recriminations in Brussels, personal diplomacy in Belfast and Camp David, this book takes us backstage. 30 Days throws an intimate – and frequently humorous – light on the domestic and political life of Number Ten at a time of crisis; it shows the Prime Minister's relationships not only with the President of the United States but with the writers, strategists, make-up artists and other members of the close-knit Number Ten team. It illuminates his frankest dealings with the world leaders who both backed and opposed him.

The result is a groundbreaking record of history in the making, and a gripping day-to-day chronicle of four tense and tempestuous weeks.

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About Peter Stothard

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PETER STOTHARD is the editor of The Times Literary Supplement after having edited The Times in the decade of its greatest success with readers.
 
Published June 28, 2012 by HarperCollins. 268 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences.

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Stothard tells us he did not vote for Blair in 1997, and maintains a tone of mild scepticism for most of the book, but his broad agreement over Iraq with what he refers to as the Downing Street "team" - at first using inverted commas, then not - is strongly hinted at.

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He faced opinion polls steadfastly against the conflict, the resignation (during Stothard's time frame) of one Cabinet member and a number of Ministers, and the death of serving soldiers sent to war on the Prime Minister's decision.

Jul 05 2003 | Read Full Review of 30 Days: A Month at the Heart...

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