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Major: A Political Life [Hardcover]

Anthony Seldon , Lewis Baston
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27 Oct 1997
John Major granted Anthony Seldon unique access to write the first complete account of his life and work. It ends with the results of the 1997 general election and its immediate aftermath. Seldon has had a succession of meetings with Major, and has also interviewed more than 300 people close to him. Civil servants have been encouraged to give off-the-record accounts of working with Major. Key points covered include the inside story of Major's election as Tory leader and therefore successor to Margaret Thatcher in 1990, how he led the party to a surprise election victory in 1992, and his equally surprising decision to stand for re-election as party leader in 1995. The author was also granted a ringside seat for the 1997 election campaign.


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  • Hardcover: 873 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld and Nicolson; 1st edition (27 Oct 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297816071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297816072
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.2 x 5.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 849,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The definitive biography of John Major, benefitting from unique access to the former Prime Minister and his colleagues.

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Dr Anthony Seldon is a political historian and commentator. He is also Master of Wellington College and first Director of the Institute of Contemporary British History. He is the author or editor of some 25 books.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Indepth coverage of the Major Years 20 Feb 2014
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Not many books seem to exist regarding the Major years, which is surprising as many decisions were made by his government that effect us to this day. Decisions regards N.Ireland, Europe and the economy to name a few. This is the book to go to if you want any information about his time in government (and before) and its impact on the country. Seldon has written with great care and balance and whilst it would not be called an easy read - it is very interesting.
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