2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A MAN WHO ENJOYED LIFE TO THE FULL & DID SOME GOOD TOO,
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Roy Jenkins (Kindle Edition)
A really well-written and fascinating journey through British politics in the second half of the 20th century. The case for Jenkins' importance is well-made. He split the Left to Mrs Thatcher's huge benefit, paved the way for New Labour, and was partly responsible for the UK entering and staying in the EU. Never mind that in my opinion only one of these three results was a good thing. He also helped to bring about "the permissive society", which in my book was a great thing, particularly his reforms on abortion and homosexuality.
Jenkins was a great example of the 80/20 principle. He achieved a great deal without extraordinary effort, finding time to have a very full social (and sexual) life, while also writing some excellent biographies that alone would have justified his time on this planet. He lunched well almost every day of his adult life. And despite being the son and grandson of a miner, he exemplified the value of the urbane liberal elite in which he lived and moved and had his being.
This book is well researched and extremely well written. I could have done with knowing less about the author's views on everything, but this is a small price to pay for a first-rate book.