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In imagining Tony Blair's future, Robert Harris goes some way to explaining the mistakes of his past. But shouldn't he have aimed for something more ambitious than a thriller?

By Erik Tarloff   November 2007

The Ghost, by Robert Harris Hutchinson, £18.99

A question often posed over the last few years, on both sides of the Atlantic and in circles both politically sophisticated and politically naive, is this: how could Tony Blair, a politician of such superb promise, have squandered it all on that misguided misadventure in Iraq? And the inevitable corollary: why did such a clever fellow hitch his wagon to a nincompoop like George W Bush?

We’ll probably never fully know the answers. But Robert Harris, no doubt after seething over the questions for years, has offered us a nifty fictional explanation. A…

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