Tony Blair's Holiday Reading

If you find yourself without New Year's Eve plans, fill the empty evening with a parlor game from across the pond: Guess the books on Tony Blair's reading list.


Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife, Cherie, in Sept. 2006 (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Blair and his wife Cherie sent out a Christmas card this season featuring the couple casually posed in front of book shelves. After some obsessing about the former prime minister's "dazzling and perhaps suspiciously regular dentistry," Esther Addley of the Guardian whips out her magnifying glass to peruse the titles peeking from behind Mr. and Mrs. Blair. She spies Margaret MacMillan's Peacemakers: Six Months that Changed the World (titled Paris 1919 in the United States) and Antony Beevor's Berlin: The Aftermath 1945 (called The Fall of Berlin 1945 here). But aside from the tomes worthy of a former world leader and current Middle Eastern envoy, the Blairs appear to indulge in, as Addley puts it, "a reassuringly Catholic orgy of reading," including Nature Girl by Carl Hiasson and Blake Morrison's memoir Things My Mother Never Told Me.

Can you spot any of the other titles on their shelves?

-- Rachel Hartigan Shea

By Rachel Hartigan Shea |  December 30, 2008; 7:04 AM ET Rachel Hartigan Shea
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