Alastair Campbell is the former Communications Director for Tony Blair. His career began in journalism, working for the Daily Mirror. He became a close advisor of Neil Kinnock, before becoming Tony Blair's spokesman in 1994. He worked with Peter Mandelson to achieve Labour's landslide 1997 victory, rising to become one of Blair's most trusted advisors and one of the most powerful and intriguing men behind the scenes of government. He revealed incredible insights into the corridors of power in his books The Blair Years and The Alastair Campbell Diaries Volume One: Prelude to Power, the former of which was a Sunday Times number 1 bestseller, and received the Channel 4 Award for Political Book of the Year (2008).
Campbell has also published All in the Mind, an insightful novel about mental illness, and Maya, his newest novel about fame and the media. He is chairman of fundraising for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, captain of the Leukaemia Research triathlon team, and works with many mental health charities including Rethink.
Diaries Volume Two: Power and the People was published in January 2011 to great acclaim.
Diaries Volume Two: Power and the People
Campbell Diaries Vol 2
Prelude to Power, the first volume of Alastair Campbell’s unexpurgated diaries, told the story of how Labour won a landslide election victory in 1997. Now, in Power and the People, the serious business of government begins.
With tensions between the party’s big players never far from the surface, Campbell gives the inside track on the big economic, social, political and public-service changes that Labour brought about. One of the government's greatest triumphs, the Northern Ireland peace process, is described here, from the high of the Good Friday Agreement to the deadly low of the Omagh bombing.
But difficult and unexpected events crowd in: sex scandals – Robin Cook at home, Bill Clinton abroad; party-funding scandals; and issues of judgement such as Welsh secretary Ron Davies' ‘moment of madness’ on Clapham Common, and the loan from Geoffrey Robinson which led to the first of Peter Mandelson's resignations from the Cabinet. Then comes tragedy: the death of Princess Diana and the extraordinary period of worldwide mourning that followed.
Meanwhile Campbell paints intimate portraits of the foreign leaders who become central in Blair’s life – Bill Clinton, Helmut Kohl and Gerhard Schroeder, Jacques Chirac, Boris Yeltsin, Nelson Mandela, and the Chinese as they take control of Hong Kong.
Power and the People begins as Tony Blair appoints his first Cabinet, and ends as he mobilises international support against ethnic cleansing in Kosovo. And Campbell is with him every step of the way. He saw it all and here, with the forensic detail that made The Blair Years an acclaimed best-seller, he tells it all. Combining the eye of the journalist with the insight of the strategist, Campbell’s diaries are candid, funny, thoroughly absorbing, and a major contribution to the history of the Blair era.BUY NOW: Diaries Volume Two - Power and the People
- Communicator and Strategist
- Motivational Speaking
- Decision Making Under Pressure
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