The End of the Party by Andrew Rawnsley

The End of the Party

By Andrew Rawnsley

  • Release Date: 2010-09-30
  • Genre: Politics & Current Affairs
Score: 4.5
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Andrew Rawnsley's bestselling book lifts the lid on the second half of New Labour's spell in office, with riveting inside accounts of all the key events from 9/11 and the Iraq War to the financial crisis and the parliamentary expenses scandal; and entertaining portraits of the main players as Rawnsley takes us through the triumphs and tribulations of New Labour as well as the astonishing feuds and reconciliations between Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Peter Mandelson.

This paperback edition contains two revealing new chapters on the extraordinary events surrounding the 2010 General Election and its aftermath.

Reviews

  • The End of the Party

    5
    By Dick Darwin
    A book that manages the wonderful double of being both meticulously researched and enormously enjoyable to read. The shear disfunction of the key protagonists of the New Labour project sometimes defies belief and certainly warns the reader of against accepting too much in their own memoirs at face value. The miracle is that so much was done and that Britain was changed so much when there was so much conflict between the two most powerful figures in Britain. Rawnsley is broadly sympathetic to both Mandelson and Blair, their strengths apparently significantly outweighing their weaknesses. Whereas passages complimentary to Gordon Brown are far harder to find, indeed the central narrative of the book is how he spent a decade using every fibre of his being plotting how he was going to become PM without having any sense of what he was going to do when he got there. A simply wonderful read, I was entertained and enlightened and wholeheartedly recommend it.

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