Wagon Wheels. "30 Days: A Month at the Heart of Blair's War" by Peter Stothard. [review]

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Walsh, Richard
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This book is as beguilingly English as a Fortnum & Mason picnic hamper. Peter Stothard (a former editor of "The Times" and current editor of the "Times Literary Supplement") spent a month inside 10 Downing Street reporting in intimate detail the comings and goings there during the critical days before and after the Coalition of the Willing began its assault on Iraq on March 20 this year. He evokes a life-size doll’s house from which a war is being waged by perplexed adults in suits and jeans, who pick spasmodically at substandard food, fantasise about fitness régimes and support spectacularly unsuccessful soccer teams. The man in charge lives in a flat above this strange enterprise with the rest of his family.
Australian, Book Reviews, Publishing, 10 Downing Street, Cabinet Room, Prime Minister Tony Blair, Cherie Blair, Leo Blair, Sir Robert Walpole, President of Chile, Bill Clinton, Oxford University, George W. Bush, Jose Maria Aznar, Silvio Berlusconi, John Smith, George Brown, realpolitik, September 11, Saddam Hussein, Winston Churchill, Harold Macmillan, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, United Nations Security Council, British, Washington, Brussels, Jacques Chirac, Camp David, Old War Office Room, David Owen, Margaret Thatcher, Falklands War, Yemen civil war, Gerry Adams, Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland, Middle East, Bob Woodward, Bush at War
Walsh, Richard 2003. Wagon Wheels. Review of "30 Days: A Month at the Heart of Blair's War" by Peter Stothard. 'Australian Book Review', No 257, December, 22-23.