Shop now Learn more Shop now Shop All Amazon Fashion Shop Suki Ad Campaign Pieces Prime Photos Shop now Amazon Fire TV Shop now Halloween Pets Shop now Shop Fire Shop Kindle Voyage Listen in Prime Learn more Shop now
Start reading Aneurin Bevan: A Biography: Volume 1: 1897-1945 on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here or start reading now with a free Kindle Reading App.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device


Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

Aneurin Bevan: A Biography: Volume 1: 1897-1945 [Kindle Edition]

Michael Foot
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Print List Price: £20.00
Kindle Price: £11.51 includes VAT* & free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
You Save: £8.49 (42%)
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.

Free Kindle Reading App Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.

To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £11.51  
Hardcover --  
Paperback £20.00  
Kindle Daily Deal
Kindle Daily Deal: Up to 70% off
Each day we unveil a new book deal at a specially discounted price--for that day only. Learn more about the Kindle Daily Deal or sign up for the Kindle Daily Deal Newsletter to receive free e-mail notifications about each day's deal.

Book Description

Michael Foot's two-volume biography of Aneurin 'Nye' Bevan (1897-1960) - arguably Britain's greatest socialist, indelibly associated with the founding of the National Health Service, - is one of the major political biographies of the last century. It is the life of an inspirational politician, written by one who knew and unabashedly admired him.

Volume I, first published in 1962, describes Bevan's life from his birth in Tredegar in the South Wales Valleys, through his abortive schooling, his employment at a colliery and the subsequent embrace of socialism that would make him a leader among South Wales miners. It follows his path to the House of Commons as a Labour MP with a fast-rising reputation as a defender of the working class; and his marriage in 1934 to fellow firebrand MP Jennie Lee. The volume closes with Labour's landslide election victory of 1945, and Bevan's appointment as Minister of Health.

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

Page of Start over
This shopping feature will continue to load items. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading.

Product Description

About the Author

Michael Foot (1913-2010) was a writer, journalist and politician, leading the Labour Party from 1980 to 1983. His numerous books range from the withering polemic Guilty Men (co-written with Peter Howard and Frank Owen) about the hapless appeasers of the 1930s to his magnificent two-volume biography of Aneurin Bevan.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1900 KB
  • Print Length: 546 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0571248365
  • Publisher: Faber Finds; Main edition (6 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00623JZZA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #269,256 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

3 star
2 star
1 star
4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
By D. Bell
Nye Bevan's life story is one of heroic struggle not only to work his way up to free himself but also to drag up those of his class. He fought to keep his mind sharp and educated during the days he slogged his guts out in the mines. He fought for his own dignity and that of the working class. The romance of this story is expressed brilliantly by Michael Foot's impeccable turn of phrase. Not only do we read a great story but we also gain a great insight into the history of that era. This history is meticulously researched and substantiated. It is brilliantly argued both by Foot and through the words and actions of Bevan himself.

The period in the run up to the war saw many attacks on the living standards of the ordinary working people of Britain. Many were condemned to grinding poverty. None more so than the Miners. Bevan eloquently expressed these grievances. He was a staunch critic of his own Labour party (it's "illiberal, oligarchic methods of party machine") and Parliament ("The House of commons has reduced my people to such impotence what are we to do? You have deprived them of any voice any where....") He was a refreshing antidote to the vain, power-hungry opportunist careerists who have always bedevilled the movement by selling out when crunch time came. The leaders took to any means to stamp out dissent as they often still do. It is interesting to see some of the historical parallels with today best illustrated by Bevan's own words:

"One of the dangers of the sort of machine we have created is that we have made it comparatively easy for a large number of people to acquire prestige and status. Our Machine is more bureaucratic then democratic. The principle of selection from above has taken the place of election from below.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vol ! 22 April 2013
By Bet
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Yes a great read for me I have also got vol 2 and have read that too. Pleasure to read and informative
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 22 Mar. 2015
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
good informative book on Nye
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 4.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting, inevitably biased, a fine biography 2 Nov. 2009
By Frank R. Southerington - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Michael Foot was for years on the far left fringe of the Labour Party, but he ended his political career as the party's leader. This biography shows us why. Foot demonstrates the affinity between himself and his subject. As a teenager I heard Bevan speak at an anti-Suez Trafalgar Square rally in November, 1956, and I have never forgotten Bevan's magnetism and persuasiveness, nor his apparently endless feud with his party leadership (on many issues Bevan was correct). Foot captures these wonderfully, because he shared Bevan's views and has (he is still alive in his late nineties) some of Bevan's charisma. Some readers will find the work biased, perhaps, but never dull. Amazon needs to point out that this edition is an abridgement of the two-volume first edition, and there are times when the reader can "feel" the missing material. Nonetheless, this is a lively, engaging, and honest portrait of a major British politician and a good man, by a warm friend and admirer. Incidentally, it is also a portrait of the making of a viable Nationall Health service more than half a century ago.
Was this review helpful?   Let us know
Search Customer Reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category