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By: James Naughtie

Tony Blair's relationship with America is one of the most compelling stories of our time. He is the Prime Minister whose bond with George W. Bush imperilled his political future in Britain, while making him a hero to many Americans after 9/11.

In this riveting narrative, James Naughtie asks why America has so taken him to its heart, and what this means for our politics, our leaders and the kind of country we are. Fully revised and updated in the light of the 2004 Presidential election, The Accidental American is an important and timely book, written with wit, verve and an acute eye for the contradictions and intrigues behind the Prime Minister's American adventures. This is essential reading for anyone hoping to understand the enigma of Tony Blair.

`Absorbing . . .

The portrait of Blair is deeply alarming' Kenneth O'Morgan, Independent `Well worth reading. Naughtie has an admirably rounded prose style . .

. some good stories and many illuminating quotes' Ian Gilmour, Guardian