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Cameron at 10: The Inside Story 2010 - 2015

By: Anthony Seldon,Peter Snowdon
Narrated by: Dugald Bruce Lockhart
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Summary

Five years in the making, ‘Cameron at 10’ is the gripping inside story of the Cameron premiership, based on over 300 in-depth interviews with senior figures in 10 Downing Street, including the Prime Minister himself.

As dusk descended on 11 May 2010, David Cameron entered 10 Downing Street as the youngest prime minister since Lord Liverpool in 1812. He stood at the head of the first Coalition government in 65 years, with the country in dire economic straits following a deep financial crisis.

From the early heady days of the Rose Garden partnership with the Liberal Democrats to the most bitterly contested general election in years, ‘Cameron at 10’ highlights forty dramatic moments in an exceptionally turbulent period in British politics. The book contains all the highs and lows on the domestic front as well as providing revealing insights into the Prime Minister’s relationships with foreign leaders, particularly the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Barack Obama.

With unprecedented access to the ‘inner circle’ of politicians and civil servants that surround the Prime Minister, from Chancellor George Osborne and former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to all of Cameron’s personal team, this is the most intimate account of a serving prime minister that has ever been published.

©2015 Anthony Seldon and Peter Snowdon (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Explosive...authoritative yet uncompromisingly tough...a gripping and at times astonishing account of the people who rule us." (Mail on Sunday)

"These pages are a masterclass in so-called “tick-tock” narrative – a minute-by-minute account, studded with detailed recollections and observations...A formidable achievement...Magisterial...If I were Mr Corbyn, I’d get busy reading." (Matthew D’Ancona, Evening Standard)

"While Lord Ashcroft may have started a brief craze for pig jokes...The more interesting (and damaging) disclosures come in the other new book about him, Cameron at 10 by Anthony Seldon and Peter Snowdon." (Fraser Nelson, Telegraph)

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Fascinating and fast paced

Great insight into some of the biggest political events of the coalition government, very easy to listen to, covers a wide range of topics and keeps you interested throughout.

Narration very good.

Would definitely recommend.

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good review of recent history

I'd forgotten what a self-regarding, preening guy he was; he seems to have screwed up quite a lot of things - Libya, Syria, almost losing the Scotland referendum, EU relations, the NHS etc etc. He was lucky that he was up against the wrong Miliband brother and had the Lib Dems to hold him back a bit. Its a good listen and is actually quite sympathetic towards David but the litany of one screw-up after another speaks for itself.

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Detailed account of the Con-Dem Coalition

Firstly, the narration is far too quick. This is easily fixed by slowing down the speed to 0.75x normal speed, which makes it easier to take in what is being said.

The overall impression of both Cameron (also Clegg) were too inexperienced & out of their depth, to run the country well.
Like so many politicians, they come across as mere tacticians, obsessed with short term popularity & out-foxing their opponents.

It's also notable from this book how little influence the Lib-Dems had on policy, and what lightweights they were.

The influence of Special Advisors is a concern, after hearing in this book just how much influence & power they have.

If you're interested in politics, then this book is worthwhile. Although I found it quite heavy going at times, so spread it over quite a few weeks, with just the occasional hour or so of listening. That made it bearable!

It's a useful historical record. Better than a political memoir from a politician, as it's more balanced.

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The narrator - OMG

NOT well narrated. Like listening to a satnav with some bewildering pronunciations - of names, places and even political parties. Weird intonation and use of emphasis.

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very detailed account

Narration was very good, well spoken and engaging
the story is of the first coalision government since 1945 and the minute by minute account of this progress from 2010-15
the book was well written and was sustained my interest for over 19 hours
overall a very interesting modern political history

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The Titanic the first 500 miles

This book is great in what it does but the story of the Titanic that stops before the iceberg is of limited interest. Cameron's iceberg was Brexit and the book ends before it.

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Excellent but missing final Brexit Referendum chapter

A great telling of Cameron’s first term but I was really disappointed the Audible version did not include the additional chapter around the Brexit referendum that the authors included in the paper back version of the book - it’s a significant part of Cameron’s story.

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narrator hard to listen to

story telling was good and fairly unbiased but I found the narrator hard to listen to

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Great book about an awful PM

It was an excellent narrative. I did disagree totally with the authors. This man was a terrible PM who was lucky with his opponents

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A nice told story with balance ..

Especially interesting to hear how surprising the 2015 victory was ! But a good story told with balance

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