Blair, Inc.

  • by Francis Beckett, David Hencke, Nick Kochan
  • Narrated by Roger Davis
  • 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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Really like the Guardian? You'll enjoy this.

I entirely agree with 'David "Dave" - Amazon 1 * review.

Before the end of the first chapter I was counting the number of occasions where the authors seemed more interested advancing their apparent view that TB is just an awful human who only seeks to engage in subterfuge and dirty dealings, whilst painting other people who share characteristics as paragons of virtue. The hypocrisy of the mental double standards gets tiring quickly. One example is the description of the former Quartet rep as a 'principled {etc etc} person' who gave up the post for lack of opportunity to engage a political dimension to the role, and then criticizing TB for not pursuing a political dimension to the role, which was, as previously noted, outside the scope of the role... This approach continued, leaving me with the view that the authors are Guardian reading liberals trying to sell books, rather than authors who are seriously interested in presenting unbiased facts and letting the reader decide what they want to think about TB.

Sections were interesting of course, such as how TB has set up his businesses in order to prevent the kind of info disclosure regarding his business affairs. But, given the tenor of the authors and the fact TB is a widely disliked person (by persons who would actually harm him), I don't blame the fellow for taking security seriously. Given that the public has no real right to otherwise know about a private individual's private affairs, and the organisations TB otherwise works for, including the Quartet, are not state institutions that are accountable to democracies, this book is left with little to stand on apart from petty dislike and probably jealousy of a man who has leveraged his experience and contacts to his advantage. So what?

This book is from the same vein of thinking as those who believe all politicians should earn the national average wage, commute on the tube and then retire as Guardian columnists, telling the world how awful wind farms are.

Quote from wikipedia on Francis Beckett:

'Beckett has been described as "an Old Labour romantic" by Guardian associate editor Michael White.[1]'

Enough said.
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- Julian

Dont Buy this Book !!!

I bought his 'auto' which was sort of interesting if you happened to live in the UK at the time.
However this 'saga' is as boring as bat !@$^ !!

We all know how this guy behaves , lets just leave it at that !!
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- Arthur

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-03-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios