American Ally is the definitive account of British Prime Minister Tony Blair's support for the United States in the War on Terror. Drawing on his exclusive access to the key players at the White House and Downing Street, Con Coughlin explains what led Blair to risk his political career for a cause that he truly believed in. Just as Bob Woodward called on insiders to analyze George W. Bush in Bush at War, Coughlin now calls on his own experience and sources to offer a critical analysis and account of Tony Blair at war.
Here is an in-depth, probing look at the man who has become America's first ally in the post-9/11 world. Tony Blair's staunch support for the United States since 9/11 has confirmed his position as one of the most important and controversial world leaders of the twenty-first century. In the aftermath of terrorist attacks in London and with Iraq in turmoil, the relationship between Britain and the United States will be critical in determining how future international crises are resolved. American Ally is an essential read for those wishing to make an informed opinion.
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Con Coughlin, one of Britain's leading journalists, is the executive foreign editor of the Daily Telegraph and a world-renowned expert on the Middle East. He is the critically acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller Saddam: His Rise and Fall. He appears regularly on television and radio in the United States, and has been a frequent political commentator on CNN, NBC, and MSNBC. He has also written for the Wall Street Journal and the Atlantic Monthly. He lives in London, England.From Booklist:
A British journalist discusses Blair's pivotal role in two wars--against al Qaeda and against Saddam Hussein--as the tale of two marriages, between the PM and presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Initially attracted to Clinton's political vigor and "third way" centrism, Blair learned much from the president even as Clinton's refusal to commit ground troops in Kosovo strained their relationship. Although initially tentative about Bush, Blair's interventionist streak--cultivated by Kosovo and other Clinton--era challenges--ultimately brought Bush and Blair together and earned Britain the primary role in the "war on terror" that it plays today. Arguing against the view that Blair sided with Bush rather than Europe out of political weakness, Coughlin paints Blair as a tough man whose sense of moral principle bolstered Bush, not the other way around. Supported by many interviews and expansive research, this book is detailed, fluid, and fascinating. Ending prior to the 2005 terror attacks on the London Underground, however, it thus omits a key chapter in Blair's response to terrorism (an epilogue, unavailable at time of reviewing, may solve this problem). Brendan Driscoll
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