He was Prime Minister longer than any other head of the Labour Party, but his colleagues forced him from office early and he was succeeded by Gordon Brown, who led the party to recent defeat. Tony Blair's memoir has appeared just as Labour is about to elect a new leader. A Journey: My Political Life was released in the US and UK simultaneously. The Los Angeles Times calls it "unique," the New York Times "chatty" and "inscrutable." How is it being received in England? John Freedland is a columnist for The Guardian.