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Top Reviewer Ranking: 6,794 - Total Helpful Votes: 243 of 281
Britain's First Labour Government by Professor John Shepherd
Britain's First Labour Government by Professor John Shepherd
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A well-written and well-researched book ,covering the almost-forgotten first Labour government.The authors have used PM Ramsay MacDonalds unpublished diary to give a new insight into the inner workings of the government.Although scholarly ,the book reads easily and I finished it in a couple of days.Highly recommended for anyone interested in the history of the Labour Party or in British politics generally.
Roy Jenkins by John Campbell
Roy Jenkins by John Campbell
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
John Campbell is fast becoming the most prolific and the best political biographer of British politics.Along wih Charles Moore on Thatcher this will be one of the great political biographies.Campells style is extremely readable -indeed it is hard to put the book down at some points.Campbell covers not just Jenkins political but comprehensively chronicles his complicated private life and his extensive writings as an author.
By the end of the book I was not sure that I really liked Jenkins, the smooth social climber from the Welsh valleys,who by the end of his life was able to patronise the Queen(and get away with it!),however the book forces you to recognise his importance.With the… Read more
The Invisible Spirit: A Life of Post-War Scotland &hellip by Kenneth Roy
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read before you vote., 15 April 2014
This is an absolutely first class book. Despite its size it is compulsively readable.Roy covers 30 years in the life of Scotland.He covers everything from murder trials to devolution proposals.Although the general theme of the book is fairly depressing,that apart from Jimmy Reid and Margo Macdonald, all the Scottish politicians of this era ,are a second rate ,self interested bunch,Roy's style is so good and his sense of humour so dry that sections of the book are laugh out loud funny.As someone who lived through a large part of this period,it was also interesting to come across forgotten names like Tom Allan and Teddy Taylor, again. Read this book before you vote in the independ ence… Read more

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