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The Ghost by Robert   Harris
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Oct 17, 2009

really liked it
Read in October, 2009

Who says you have to be famous to write autobiographies? Not "the ghost", our narrator, a ghostwriter to the stars who tries to remain sane as his life spirals out of control and into the heady waters of political intrigue and conspiracy while "ghosting" the memoirs of the recently retired Labour prime minister. The similarities between Adam Lang (retired fictional prime minister) and Tony Blair (retired factual prime minister) are uncanny, despite the disclaimer at the front of the book. Although this book is clearly fiction, it is also clearly, and cleverly, an indictment of the prime minister who disillusioned many Labour party members when he unequivocally supported the warmongering of the previous US president.

Probably not the best seller in the US that it was in Britain, I thoroughly recommend this entertaining and thought-provoking book. I especially appreciated the way that Harris, by telling the story in the first person, gives the reader a front row seat to the evolution of "the ghost". This tabloid writer cum investigative reporter is a perfect everyman foil for the privileged and out-of-touch politicians. For a great journey with a satisfying ending, this political thriller is a must read.
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