The Amazon tag says "Conservative Party Peel," but the true title is "The Conservative Party from Peel to Major" (earlier editions end with Thatcher and Churchill). Apparently it has never been published in the United States, although it was widely available in bookshops in London as recently as a couple of years ago (and it appears to be available at Amazon UK). The lack of a United States edition is a shame. Nobody better understands than Blake the grand tradition of the conservative governance in Britain. He his chief claim to fame is a biography of Disraeli which, after 40 years, has surely taken its place as a classic in the form. He was for many years Provost of Queen's College, Oxford. This book (which began life as the Ford Lectures at Oxford in 1968) is in part a history. But it is much more: it is a meditatation on the meaning of conservatism and on the task of governing. In a time when conservatism in the United States seems to have lost all coherence -- and when the Conserve Party in Britain has declared itself broke -- we can well use the stimulus of such a clear thinker and elegant writer.