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This book will educate and fascinate,
This review is from: The Conservative Party: From Thatcher to Cameron (Paperback)
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This substantial 460-page work manages to combine the virtues of a serious piece of academic study with being a thoroughly good read. It will educate and fascinate any student of contemporary politics and many quotations - like "The Conservative Party is essentially an autocracy tempered by assassination" - will stay in the mind long after the book is put away. In charting the decline, fall and renaissance of the Conservatives, Tim Bale really does "get under the skin of the Party". It is clearly well researched and sourced but it also has that `authentic flavour' that so many similar works seem to miss. By adding an afterword, the author neatly brings the story bang up to date with coalition government and the uncertainties that lie ahead. Highly recommended - to present-day Tory politicians too!