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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, 27 Mar 2014
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Find biographies of political figures fascinating - this is one of several books I've read on Gordon Brown, quite a fascinating and complex character. The 'relationship' between him and Tony Blair was intriguing...
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Calvinist at Number 11, 3 Aug 2006
This is an authoritative and sympathetic portrait. Brown's contribution to the triumph of New Labour surely will be judged as massive. The author shows how unlike Blair or Mandelson he was able to successfully bridge old and new Labour. He was a party man, steeped in Labour history, who recognised that the new individualism and assertiveness created by Thatcherism required a new ideological approach.

His creation of the Treasury as a powerful governmental instrument of social policy and reform was underpinned by his ethical Christian socialism. This is turn is founded on a genuine sense of equality and a passionate hatred of the corrosive effects of unemployment, compassion plus the work ethic you might say. This Christian, ethical approach to the fundamentals is the key to how he was able to re-think Labour ideology while retaining a radical edge and the continuing support of the party.

For me the most enduring and endearing image in the book is the younger pre-MP Brown, surrounded by an air of general personal disorganisation, carrying around with him a plastic carrier bag full of press cuttings and statistics into which he would delve to clinch an argument. There is an unworldliness about this formidable intellectual which is one of the many paradoxes of this most politically and economically assured of Chancellors.

I recommend this book as an objective "work in progress" of one of the greats of contemporary politics. How he will perform as premier is the great next question. On the evidence of this book, he remains Labour's, and perhaps the nation's, best hope.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great insight, 30 May 2010
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This book gives a great insight into him.
Well worth the 1p it cost.
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