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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi (26 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055217033X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552170338
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 4.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Astute, opinionated and unsentimental, Harris makes a robust and entertaining guide to the party's history." (The Sunday Times)

"Robin Harris combines a career of working for the party with the qualifications of a historian. He also writes beautifully, with a perilous sharpness. His account is highly entertaining." (The Daily Telegraph)

"A marvel of concision, lucidity and scholarship, with penetrating things to say about Peel, Disraeli, Churchill and the rest. His book can be read for pleasure as well as instruction." (The Spectator)

"Highly readable, with sparkling portraits of the leading figures, and the author's acerbic observations and pithy judgments, even when one does not agree with them, are always thought-provoking and sometimes pointed enough to make one laugh out loud...this is a good book. I am glad that it was written. And I'm glad that I read it." (The Times)

"My expectations for this book were high; but Dr. Harris has exceeded them. This book is genuine history written with real authority...finely written and highly readable, with an undercurrent of dry wit running through its narrative." (Conservative Home website)

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The only up-to-date, single-volume history of the Conservative Party available

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Format: Hardcover
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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A bulk standard political narrative sweep across 150 years or so of political history as it involved the Tory Party. Much of it has been covered elsewhere but nevertheless worth a read so as to have that sweep in the first place. Target in later in my opinion.

So worth the read and a standard not particularly profound bt not too superficial read.

All round a useful text.
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As Philip Ziegler said in his recent review of the author's book on Margaret Thatcher, Robin Harris "has a low opinion of politicians". My goodness, it shows in this history of the Conservative Party.
Hardly a politician, in the 250 year history of the party, merits a favourable rating: Thatcher, of course; Salisbury and Bonar Law (mainly because he died quickly after becoming leader). Most get end-of-term reports of between C plus and C minus (Balfour;Eden;Heath).
In my view the author makes too little allowance for the demands of the job (whether PM or just leader) or the problems of governing without a majority or with a divided party- par for the course with the Tories!
Even Disraeli is subject to a constant flow of niggling criticism throughout and yet would we have a party in this form without him?
The Tories are one of the oldest and most successful political parties in World history. No one would think so on reading this.
Finally, I read this in Kindle form: accessing the notes and the index were a problem, so this is a rare occasion on which paper is best.
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I bought this book as a surprise Christmas present and the history buff I bought it for could not keep their nose out of it! Obviously a hit.
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Clear, concise, opinionated, pungent, right minded - everything you could wish for.
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