A takedown of Blair that suffers from one-sided overkill

A takedown of Blair that suffers from one-sided overkill
Tony Blair shaking hands with George W Bush in 2006: the former British prime minister’s legacy is shredded in Tom Bower's new biography Picture: Getty

Politics; Broken Vows: Tony Blair – The Tragedy of Power; By Tom Bower; Faber & Faber, €20

Tom Bower’s own reputation goes before him. The veteran journalist specialises in taking down rich and powerful people, with a victim list that includes Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie, business tycoon Richard Branson and pop impresario Simon Cowell. Like the barrister he once was, he skilfully presents evidence to put his subjects in the worst light possible while downplaying anything that might tell in their favour.

Even by Bower’s standards, the charge sheet against...

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