An award-winning political journalist shows what the passionate and puzzling relationship between Tony Blair and America reveals about our two countries and our disordered world
Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair is the most popular foreign leader in the United States, and one whose support for America has made him widely reviled at home. Why did Blair become such an object of fascination here? What are Democrats to make of their old friend's attachment to Bush? In a Europe profoundly skeptical about a new American imperialism, why did Blair decide to face resolutely west across the Atlantic?
To James Naughtie, a renowned British journalist with unparalleled knowledge of Blair and a deep understanding of American politics, the story of our love affair with Blair provides a fascinating mirror on the troubles facing Western democracies, and on America itself. In The Accidental American, the first book about Blair written specifically for American readers, he explores how a politician swept to power by a party once avowedly socialist came to make common cause with American neo-conservatives, and became the gatekeeper between America and Western Europe.
Though Blair has been feted by Congress and is beloved by the White House, his real beliefs about America remain almost unknown. Naughtie has watched Blair close-up for many years and has many contacts inside his circle of friends and advisors. In the tumult of a presidential election year, this book provides a revelatory portrait of a master politician and revelatory insights into the politics and character of our own country.
James Naughtie is a renowned program presenter on the BBC, and a former chief political correspondent of The Guardian. He is an award-winning broadcaster and writer who has contributed to many newspapers and magazines, and was Laurence M. Stern Fellow on The Washington Post. Naughtie, who studied at Syracuse University, is a frequent visitor to the United States. He lives in London with his family.
Pub date: 09/21/04
Price: $26.00/36.95 Canada
6 1/8 x 9 1/4
Carton Quantity: 28
Biography, Current Events, Political Science, Politics
Selling Territory: W
Rights: First Serial, British Commonwealth, Translation, Audio and Electronic Rights: PublicAffairs