Since he left office in 2007, the empire of Tony Blair has grown exponentially. As a businessman he has been unprecedentedly successful for a former public servant, with a large property portfolio and an estimated GBP80 million of earnings accrued in just a few short years. But how has he managed to achieve this?
Being an ex-prime minister comes with certain advantages, and besides his excellent state pension and twenty-four-hour security team, Blair enjoys the best contacts that money can buy - as do those willing to pay him for access to those contacts. Consequently Tony Blair Associates' clients can be found around the world and include the controversial presidents of Kazakhstan and Burma. There is also Blair's role as special envoy in the Middle East.
While his record as a peacemaker is in doubt, the position has brought him into contact with a variety of oil-rich potentates in the region who now number among his most profitable clients. Blair Inc.: The Man Behind the Mask takes a close look at the complex financial structures in Blair's world. From the many layers of tax liability to the multiple conflicts of interest produced by his increasing web of relationships, this book exposes the private dealings of this very public figure.
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Dull and laborious
I was expecting to enjoy this book as I have an interest in the subject matter however I found it to be an effort to listen to and unable to hold my attention. I gave up half way through.
Very (very) biased - but interesting
The book is NOT balanced in any way. It sets out to damn Blair and no matter what, it refuses to do anything but criticise him. That's not to say Blair is an angel - most definitely not. And it's clear that many of his delaings are shady (to say the least!) but that doesnt make his every move a criminal act. A more balanced approach would have made the book far better and highlighted in a far more powerful way the shady, disreputable side of Blair.
Probabaly not - I dont feel their work is balanced. Or even tries to be balanced.
No - but i was very impressed with his reading of this book.
It's certainly interesting - and certainly uncovers many secrets that should be out in the open. So yes, there is a lot here to commend it and the work of the authors, it's a sahme they let themselves down by twisting the story.