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  • Hardcover: 896 pages
  • Publisher: Chatto & Windus; 1st Edition edition (9 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0701177489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0701177485
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 6.4 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The best biography of a post-war British Prime Minister yet written." (Vernon Bogdanor, Professor of Government at University of Oxford)

"...meticulous and magisterial...as exciting as it is authoritative..." (Mail on Sunday)

"splendid and surely definitive biography...a superb biographical achievement...succinct, frank and insightful" (Dominic Sandbrook Sunday Times)

"DR Thorpe is not the first to wrestle [with Macmillan] but Thorpe's account is the most intensively researched and most intimate portrait of all. Supermac has found a Superbiographer" (Paul Addison Literary Review)

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Supermac is a truly important publication, of significance to everyone interested in the history of the 20th century. Packed with new revelations about Macmillan's private life as well as key events including the 'Tolstoy' controversy, the Suez Crisis, You've Never Had It So Good, the Winds of Change and the Profumo Scandal.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dalgety on 27 Jan. 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is an elegantly written ,well-researched biography of Harold Macmillan.I have always been interested in Harold Macmillan because , as a boy , he was the first PM that I can really remember.I have read D.R. Thorpes other biographies of Eden, Home and Selwyn Loyd.They were good but a little dry in parts.However, the writers technique has either improved or Macmillan is a much more interesting subject than the other three, because this book is not dry at all!Thorpe has had access to much more unpublishes material than than earlier biographies and a fully rounded portrait of Macmillan emerges.details of Macmillans wifes affair with Boothby were already known- but much new material is produced.We also find a rather nasty streak of anti-semitism ran through Macmillan as shown about is nasty comments in his diary about Gerald Kaufman( now a senior Labour MP) his labour opponent in his constituency in the 1955 election.There also emerges his snobby disdain for the petty-bourgeois Selwyn Lloyd.However Macmillan emerges as a well-read man-conscious of the sweep of history, who was the creator of prosperity for all.The "Envoi" section also points out that as Chancellor he introduced "Premium Bonds"- a lasting achievment.All-in-all Macmillan towers above present day political pygmies like Camaeron, Clegg and Milliband and this book does him justice.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Abbotsford on 11 Oct. 2010
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This must be the finest biography of the year. It is immensely thoroughly researched and very well-written.Very few people know the period half as well as Thorpe does. When writing his biographies of Selwyn Lloyd, Alec Douglas-Home and Anthony Eden he interviewed a great number of the people at the centre of events, including Macmillan himself, and those interviews are full of insights into the Supermac era. He has been indefatigable too in searching out every scrap of information to be found in archives and personal collections. But all this learning is worn lightly. The book is stuffed with anecdotes, for which the author has a great ear,and the book is written with ease and humour. It is that rare thing, a definitive work which is also a thoroughly good read.
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Canon John Twisleton on 18 Sept. 2010
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Good all-rounders are getting rarer in our specialised world. To rise to the highest office in the land you have to tick more boxes than most. Harold Macmillan ticked boxes in the worlds of the university, commerce, the military and religion. His politics were liberal yet conservative, rebel yet loyalist. He was a crofter's great-grandson yet his father-in-law was a Duke. Possessing all these qualities guarantees personal complexity and an interesting biography.

Constitutional historian D.R.Thorpe's Supermac is close on the heels of Charles Williams' 2009 biography but it is a fuller and more revealing work. Thorpe has written previous biographies of Tory politicians and the authority he bears expresses itself in bibliography and notes that make up a third of his magnum opus.

Great men and women are usually people who have suffered. In this way their humanity appeals through the braving of fear. Macmillan's courage was forged in the trenches of the First World War and a near death experience in the Second World War. His family life was traumatic but he braved humiliation sticking it seems to Christian principle and refusing to contemplate divorce. The courage he possessed made him his own man. He stood alone in cabinet when he told the aged Churchill his days as Prime Minister needed to end. Macmillan even dared to suggest to Pope Pius XII he would serve Christian unity by recognising the orders of Anglican priests - to be received by silence!

His brilliant intellect made him too clever for some, including Churchill who saw him as an opinionated subordinate. Macmillan saw his undergraduate reading parties as the very anticipation of heaven. Throughout his life his work was energised by his reading times.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By John Grimbaldeston on 4 Oct. 2010
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It isn't so much D. R. Thorpe's full and readable tome that puts one off writing a review, it is the Rev Twistleton's brilliant review of the book which is a work of art in its own right and shouts "follow that" to any subsequent reviewer. Anyway, here goes ... Harold Macmillan was the first politician I remember as I was growing up, and he seemed to run the country with a headmasterly air of natural authority that to have his late-premiership difficulties explained so clearly here serves to tarnish, if not quite shatter, an illusion, as do the details of his difficult private life with Lady Dorothy. It is interesting to read how the two world wars shaped him: one proving his bravery, the other his administrative skills: the suggestion of a scandal behind the repatriation of the Cossacks is investigated thoroughly and Macmillan is largely exonerated, so he seems to have had two "good wars" a firm foundation for a political career. His political astuteness is also shown as he emerged from Suez with reputation untarnished, even enhanced, and his early years in the premiership coincided with the end of austerity and the country's economic expansion until we had "never had it so good". The patrician manner suited the deferential fifties, but seemed less at home in the more bumptious sixties, and that too comes across in the book: problems of sex, within ones own marriage or outside of marriage as with the Profumo affair, were best left unconfronted, and there comes a point in any government when it no longer mirrors the spirit of the time and government and governed cease to understand each other, as happened in the latter years. D. R. Thorpe's biography confirms the accepted view of Macmillan without unearthing any radical new interpretations, and as such is a full and in many ways comfortable read.Read more ›
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