In 1945 Britain emerged triumphant and victorious from the Second World War. On July 26, after a landslide election victory by the Labour party, Winston Churchill resigned and Clement Attlee became Prime Minister. The country looked forward to the 'New Jerusalem' that Labour had promised, a land in which poverty, ill health, slums and unemployment would be banished by lavish state expenditure. But by 1950 Britain was impoverished, the 'new Jerusalem' was a shaky structure, only half built. Why? In this brilliant, savage and original book, based on fascinating new material from Cabinet and other Whitehall records, Correlli Barnett shows the enormous double cost of 'New Jerusalem', and points out the destructive contradictions between mistaken strategies and their consequences.
About the Author
is a world-renowned historian with particular prowess in military, naval, economic and social subjects. Faber Finds are reissuing his four volume The Pride and Fall
sequence: The Collapse of British Power
, The Audit of War
, The Lost Victory
, The Verdict of Peace
, as well as The Swordbearers
, Britain and her Army, 1509-1970
(winner of the Royal Society of Literature Heinemann Award) and Engage the Enemy More Closely
(winner of the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Award).
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