TONY BLAIR THE MAN BEHIND THE SMILE by Leo Abse
In this hard-hitting and explosive book, reforming parliamentarian Leo Abse presents a remarkable analysis of Tony Blair. Originally published in 1996 to critical acclaim and a storm of controversy, the author has completely revised and updated it to scrutinise Blair's premiership years. In a powerfully penetrating and forthright investigation of Blair's pysche, Abse deploys his psychoanalytical scholarship to consider the forces and influences that have driven Blair. He examines the house of secrets in which Blair was reared, where the promiscuous grandmother forever cast a shadow, where the illegitimate stricken father - authoritative, ambitious and politically unstable - dominated the household, and where death unfairly invaded the family domain. Abse goes on to show how the traumatic events of Blair's childhood left him a loner, an estranged man who sought to resolve his private dilemmas in rock music and religion and then, belatedly, in politics.