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Brown at 10
 
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Anthony Seldon
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Brown at 10

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GORDON BROWN's three years in power were among the most turbulent in Downing Street's post-war history. Brown at 10 tells the compelling story of his hubris and downfall, and with it, the final demise of the New Labour project. Containing an extraordinary breadth of previously unpublished material, Brown at 10 is a frank, penetrating portrait of a remarkable era, written b...more
ebook, 560 pages
Published October 3rd 2011 by Biteback Publishing (first published September 1st 2010)
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David Cheshire
A remarkable portrait of Gordon Brown's premiership; not a happy tale. It is full of insights; this "flawed collossus" could not follow sensible work methods, motivate his team, plan a stategy let alone follow it, or prevent himself from sliding into morose depressions. His work methods are described as " chaotic". As chancellor the Treasury provided him with the protection of both a structure and an agenda. As premier, incapable of devising either for himself, he was disastrously exposed. His p...more
Barry McCulloch
If you've read Seldon's account of the Blair years you will know exactly what to expect. Analytical, dense and as close to objectivity as you can get in contemporary political history.

Seldon and Guy Lodge are on form again for Brown at 10. Indeed, they almost do too good a job at immersing you into the dysfunctionality, backstabbing, plots and policy paralysis that was at the heart of Brown's Number 10. By the end of it, you're exhausted.

If you are after an easy read or a partisan evaluation of...more
JohnR
I liked Gordon Brown back in the 80s and early 90s when he and Tony Blair were the bright young things in Neil Kinnock’s shadow cabinet. After that though, after Blair got the leadership in 94, my opinion of the man drifted and I soon became disillusioned with the way he handled his burning ambition to lead Labour and become Prime Minister, and in particular with the way he treated Tony Blair.

I think everyone was disappointed with Brown, not least Brown himself. He surrounded himself with people...more
Jane Walker
Dense and detailed. For a reader with a deep interest in politics it's fascinating and disturbing. There is little here on policy, largely, it seems, because nobody in Brown's government was particularly interested in it. Yet there were things done which the next government were able to build on, shamefully. There is a detailed account of the negotiations with the Lib Dems after the 2010 election which I wish we had known about at the time.
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