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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber; Main edition (1 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571248365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571248360
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 3.5 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 637,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael Foot (1913-2010) was a writer, journalist and politician, leading the Labour Party from 1980 to 1983. His numerous books range from the withering polemic Guilty Men (co-written with Peter Howard and Frank Owen) about the hapless appeasers of the 1930s to his magnificent two-volume biography of Aneurin Bevan.


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Nye Bevan's life story is one of heroic struggle not only to work his way up to free himself but also to drag up those of his class. He fought to keep his mind sharp and educated during the days he slogged his guts out in the mines. He fought for his own dignity and that of the working class. The romance of this story is expressed brilliantly by Michael Foot's impeccable turn of phrase. Not only do we read a great story but we also gain a great insight into the history of that era. This history is meticulously researched and substantiated. It is brilliantly argued both by Foot and through the words and actions of Bevan himself.

The period in the run up to the war saw many attacks on the living standards of the ordinary working people of Britain. Many were condemned to grinding poverty. None more so than the Miners. Bevan eloquently expressed these grievances. He was a staunch critic of his own Labour party (it's "illiberal, oligarchic methods of party machine") and Parliament ("The House of commons has reduced my people to such impotence what are we to do? You have deprived them of any voice any where....") He was a refreshing antidote to the vain, power-hungry opportunist careerists who have always bedevilled the movement by selling out when crunch time came. The leaders took to any means to stamp out dissent as they often still do. It is interesting to see some of the historical parallels with today best illustrated by Bevan's own words:

"One of the dangers of the sort of machine we have created is that we have made it comparatively easy for a large number of people to acquire prestige and status. Our Machine is more bureaucratic then democratic. The principle of selection from above has taken the place of election from below.
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By Bet on 22 April 2013
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Yes a great read for me I have also got vol 2 and have read that too. Pleasure to read and informative
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good informative book on Nye
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