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Whatever It Takes: The Real Story of Gordon Brown and New Labour

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  20 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Paperback, 456 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Fourth Estate (GB) (first published September 16th 2010)
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I picked up a copy after hearing the author interviewed on

Its very well written, and races along at a fair pace, which is a good thing because a 450 page book about the internecine squabbles of the Labour party from 1992 to 2010 could all too easily end up being a rather tedious read.

What really makes this interesting is that it has something of the quality of the tragedy about it - in the old-fashioned sense of a hero who is doomed by his own character flaws....more
Steve Gillway
This is an interesting insight into the workings of UK politics, following Gordon Brown's career thoughout all its phases. The writer is someone eminently close to the action with access to all the ,ain players. I was struck by the painstaking manner that Brown took over devising policy. Particularly, the words he used. "Choice" was a word he seemed to hate and strategically avoided. It seems to me that as long as focus was on the policy and the words Brown was OK, but when he had to be a manage...more
James Bateman
Superb look at an intensely troubled time in No 10. The author writes well and gently exposes Browns numerous faults whilst also reminding us that he got many things right as a chancellor and during the financial crisis. Whatever Gordon Browns flaws he was certainly intertesting. If you are sort of interested in politics or Gordon Brown or New Labour, then this is a must read.
To use a word he (over)uses himself, this is a forensic analysis of Gordon Brown's career at the top of the Labour Party. It has the all the hallmarks of being accurate, and it is also sympathetic if critical. An essential guide to understanding New Labour.
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