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Jo Grimond: Towards the Sound of Gunfire Hardcover – 2001

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  • Hardcover: 469 pages
  • Publisher: Birlinn Ltd; 1st edition (2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843410060
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843410065
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.6 x 4.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 514,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A lion of the Liberal cause' - PADDY ASHDOWN

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MICHAEL MCMANUS was educated at Winchester and Lincoln College, Oxford where he gained a 1st in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, winning the Gibbs prize for the best politics papers in the university. He has worked in Conservative Central Office and from 1995 to 2000 ran the private office of Sir Edward Heath, during which time he helped extensively with the preparation and writing of Sir Edward's prize-winning memoirs published by Hodder Headline. He stood as Conservative candidate in Watford in the 2001 election. He lives in Watford.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By asandk@yahoo.co.uk on 7 Dec. 2001
Format: Hardcover
Grimond is one of the most interesting post-war political figures, and arguably one of the most important. Without him, the Liberal party would probably have vanished off the electoral map; the party realignments of the 1980s wouldn't have happened; Thatcherism and New Labour might have emerged very differently.
A biography is long overdue; fortunately, this effort is right on the spot. It is hugely accessible and readable; but Mr McManus has mastered a welath of detail to bring his subject alive. Its account of the politics is first rate, but so too is its presentation of the man himself. Lots of local colour and anecdote mingle with a sane and balanced political understanding. One of the very best political biographies of recent years.
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By Mark Pack TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Jun. 2012
Format: Hardcover
A better understanding of Jo Grimond's life is always a healthy corrective to some of the cartoon caricatures about right-wing lurches and Thatcherite policies that sometimes get thrown around over the views of contemporary Liberal Democrats.

Grimond was, after all, a man who talked of himself as being on the centre-left and who pushed for a progressive realignment of politics that would see a new centre-left party supplant Labour. Off and on feelers went out to those in Labour ranks during his career. And yet, he was often sceptical of central government spending, keen to see taxes cut and hostile to the state drawing up endless rules about how people should behave. He called for smaller government, warning that, "A great deal of government expenditure today is not helping the poor or anyone - it is positively harmful".

Hence I have recently been finally reading Michael McManus's biography of the former Liberal Party leader. Despite Jo Grimond's role in the Liberal Party's revival and in inspiring future generations of the party, his life has not attracted that much in the way of written studies, which meant many were looking forward to the appearance of McManus's book when it first came out in 2007. Its reception was somewhat mixed: praise for the research and its comprehensive nature mixed with criticism for the number of errors and the number of historical questions not really addressed.

What it does provide is a lengthy study of Grimond's political thought, with as a result much more attention given to those parts of his life which featured policy writings and speeches heavily than to those where it played a lesser role.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Nov. 2001
Format: Hardcover
Very well-written and entertaining biography.
The author has done a suberb job for his subject, I will look out for more of his works in the future.
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0 of 21 people found the following review helpful By William Podmore on 28 Mar. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Irrelevant. Now that the LibDems are imploding under their new leader, the clone Clegg, we can see how sublimely unimportant are their shenanigans at westminster.
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