ISBN 9781405051194,Accidental American: Tony Blair And The Presidency

Accidental American: Tony Blair And The Presidency


Pan Books Ltd



Pan Books Ltd

Publication Year 2004

ISBN 9781405051194

ISBN-10 1405051191


Number of Pages 272 Pages
Language (English)

Political Science

Tony Blair's relationship with America is one of the most compelling stories of our time. He is the Prime Minister whose bonding with George W. Bush imperilled his political future in Britain, but made him a hero to many Americans after 9/11. In seven years, Tony Blair has 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 and describes how he has come to thrive on the adulation of the United States. Attacked by recalcitrant members of his own party and distrusted by an increasingly suspicious electorate, Blair has seen his domestic standing dwindle as his stock has soared with Bush's Republicans. So why has he risked his political legacy in this way? How did a politician swept to power by a party once avowedly socialist come to make common cause with American neo-conservatives? Why, in a Europe profoundly suspicious of a new American imperialism, did he decide to face resolutely west across the Atlantic? What does the leader feted by Congress and cherished in the White House really believe about America? And what are Democrats to make of their old friend's attachment to the Bush administration? James Naughtie has drawn an original portrait of a prime minister who has become a dominating political figure while remaining a loner. Important and timely, The Accidental American is written with wit, verve and an acute eye for the contradictions and intrigues behind the Prime Minister's American adventures.