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Johnson at 10 Anthony Seldon

Johnson at 10 By Anthony Seldon

Johnson at 10 by Anthony Seldon

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The definitive account of Boris Johnson's turbulent time in office co-written by one of Britain's leading political and social commentators.

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Johnson at 10: The Inside Story by Anthony Seldon

'Excellent... first class... both fair and damning.' Daniel Finkelstein, The Times

***Chosen as a non-fiction highlight of 2023 in The Times and the Observer***

After his dramatic rise to power in the summer of 2019 amid the Brexit deadlock, Boris Johnson presided over the most turbulent period of British history in living memory. Beginning with the controversial prorogation of Parliament in August and the historic landslide election victory later that year, Johnson was barely through the door of No. 10 when Britain was engulfed by a series of crises that will define its place in the world for decades to come. From the agonising upheaval of Brexit and the devastating Covid-19 pandemic to the nerve-shredding crisis in Afghanistan and the outbreak of war in Ukraine, Johnson's government ultimately unravelled after just three years.

This gripping behind-the-scenes work of contemporary history maps Johnson's time in power from start to finish and sheds new light on the most divisive Prime Minister to have led the United Kingdom since Thatcher. Based on more than 200 interviews with key aides, allies and insiders, Johnson at 10 gives the first full account of Johnson's premiership, the shockwaves of which are still felt today.

Johnson at 10 Reviews

Excellent.... Even those already pretty sceptical about Johnson will find this book eye opening. For their first-class account, Seldon and Newell have interviewed advisers and officials and gained a very good insight into what was going on behind the door of No 10 * Daniel Finkelstein, The Times *
Jaw-dropping... shows us what goes wrong in practical terms when someone unwilling even to learn how to govern, to apply himself properly to serious work and self-improvement, becomes prime minister. * Iain Martin, The Times *
Absorbing and revelatory... Authoritative and insightful... If you want to know who did what when and why, this book will tell you * Andrew Rawnsley, Observer on May at 10 *
The great value of [this] book... is that it provides the layman and the historian with a treasure trove of interviews, and of insights from the heart of government * The Times on May at 10 *
Extraordinarily detailed... fair yet devastating * Sunday Times on May at 10 *
'[Seldon and Newell] grasp the smallest of detail, yet have a practiced eye for the bigger picture' * Daily Mail on May at 10 *

About Anthony Seldon

Sir Anthony Seldon is an educator, historian, writer and commentator. A former headmaster and vice-chancellor, he's a director of the Royal Shakespeare Company and Chair of the National Archives Trust. He is author or editor of over forty books on contemporary history, politics and education, including The Impossible Office?, May at 10 and The Path of Peace.

Raymond Newell is a contemporary historian and researcher, holding Masters degrees in Political Economy and Data Science from King's College London and the University of Oxford. Newell has previously collaborated with Anthony Seldon as co-author on May at 10, and currently works in Public Affairs and Communications at Hanbury Strategy.

Table of Contents

1: The Making of a Prime Minister 2: Brexit 3: Election 4: Dreams 5: Covid 6: Cummings 7: Domestic 8: Global 9: Grown-ups 10: Downfall 11: Reckoning

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Johnson at 10: The Inside Story by Anthony Seldon
Atlantic Books
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