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on 30 August 2001
A good balance is struck between personal details (not that there are many available, he was notoriously tight-lipped) and the fascinating political scenarios of Attlee's time as Labour leader setting up the coalition with the Tories in WW2, surprising everyone by trouncing Churchill in the 1945 election, creating the NHS, giving independence to India, and struggling to keep Britain a "world power" in the post war decade of near bankruptcy and total dependance on American loans.
The book is very readable, and the author has unearthed some interesting (and very rare) personal opinions and insights from Atlee's own unpublished writing. The author is obviously a great fan of his subject, and the prose can be a little gushing at times, but never-the-less I definately recommend it to anyone interested in the motivation behind the creation of the welfare state, how to succeed without being obsessivley charismatic, or society in general in the first half of the 20th Century.
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on 2 April 2013
Brilliant. Biased but brilliant.
Read with an open mind, see where we have come from and where we are going.
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on 18 December 2009
I haven't read the book myself but my Dad said it was a very interesting read and would highly recommend.
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