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5.0 out of 5 stars An Opinionated and Interesting Assessment of one of the most Successful Parties in the World, 20 Jan. 2012
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The Conservatives - A History by Robin Harris is a very good book exploring the history of the Party from its origins in the Tory grouping of the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, through its formation as a modern party in the 1830s, to its current incarnation as the dominant party in the Coalition. The book primarily tells the story of the Conservatives through its numerous and diverse leaders who it is apparent have had a major impact on what the Party believes and aims to achieve. It is well-written, informative and opinionated with the author not afraid to show his views on individuals and events. Overall, a very good and immensely enjoyable book.
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Initial post: 10 Apr 2012 23:51:59 BDT
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Those of a true blue persuasion will probably agree with this, but I'm afraid the book's author is far too partisan, and his choice of language too emotive too often, to make this book of much use to anyone looking for an objective take on the Tories. Harris is capable of making a serious judgement or balanced summing up, but too often he lets himself down by lapsing into waspishness. Serious students of politics and history will find more even-handed and even-tempered studies elsewhere. That Harris is an unalloyed Thatcherite does not help things. In effect this weakens the book when it comes to post 1960s politics, and prevents him from writing on figures like MacMillan and Heath without his prejudices coming through or resorting to cliche. The closing chapter is also weak and and reads as if the author were desperate to meet a deadline. As an attempt to sum up the last 20 years of British politics and the ups and downs of Conservatism within this context, this final section is simply not good enough.
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