To Gordon Brown he could "solve the unsolvable" as they pushed through radical economic reforms; to the Prime Minister he was the "unconventional minister", frequently at odds with civil servants; to many of his fellow MPs he was a good man brought low by bitter infighting within the Labour Party.
Here Geoffrey Robinson sets the record straight regarding his days on the front bench with New Labour. Here are the wrangles between Cabinet members, the fights over Budgets, welfare, films and the Royal Yacht, in which Robinson was a key player. And of course here is the full story of his 373,000 pound home-loan to Peter Mandelson, which brought them both down - and was the first sign that the Prime Minister's right hand man had an Achilles' heel.
Above all, Geoffrey Robinson provides a stimulating and authoritative account of the inner workings of Tony Blair's government.