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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (18 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571260438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571260430
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 603,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Blake (1916-2003) was the pre-eminent Tory historian of his day. In addition to his masterpiece, his biography of Disraeli, his books include Bonar Law: The Unknown Prime Minister, The Conservative Party from Peel to John Major and a volume in the Paladin History of England, (a series which he edited), The Decline of Power, 1915-1964. These and Disraeli's Grand Tour are all being reissued in Faber Finds.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Solly Gratia on 1 May 2014
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If you are looking for just one book on the Conservative Party, this isn't it. Blake assumes a lot about his readers, such as who is who, and what events were going on at the time. there is no chapter setting the historical background, he launches straight into party politics with names dates, who didn't like who, and other factual data that builds on information the reader is presumed to have. It's a good read, for all that, but either find a different one, like the one edited by Lord Butler, or read a book on 19th century British history first.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte on 2 Oct. 2011
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book arrived on time in good packaging, exactly what was expected and described. very impressed with how quickly this order arrived, thank you very much.
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The Grand Tradition 3 Jan. 2004
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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.
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