Books of the year 2010 | Andrew Roberts

Courage and Consequence by Karl Rove

Easily the best book of 2010 was Karl Rove's superbly written Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight (Threshold Editions, £20). As well as being the ultimate insider account of George W Bush's presidency, it's as exciting as any novel. What people who demonise Rove fail to appreciate about him is that beneath the incisive, Rottweiler political genius is a warm, charming and witty personality, but at least each of those attributes is evident in these 520 pages. I also much enjoyed Tony Blair's A Journey (Hutchinson, £25), which shows how innately he understood the threats facing Britain and the west from totalitarian Islamic fundamentalism.

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This article first appeared in the 22 November 2010 issue of the New Statesman, Advantage Cameron