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More important than most PMs.,
This review is from: Roy Jenkins (Hardcover)
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 exceptions of Attlee and Thatcher ,he had more influence in shaping modern Britain than any post-war PM.Through his reforms as Home Secretary in the 60s -he largely shaped the country we now live in -for good or ill!Among non-PM politicians ,only Nye Bevan(of whom Campbell also wrote a biography) can match his influence.
If you lived through this period ,or have even the slightest interest in British politics-buy this book!-not to be missed!You will see that however pompous and self-regarding he was Jenkins towers above the current pygmies of British politics Cameron, Clegg and Milliband.