Eden: The Life and Times of Anthony Eden First Earl of Avon, 1897-1977 Hardcover – 27 Mar 2003
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"This magnificent biography ... a very necessary book." -- SIMON HEFFER, THE LITERARY REVIEW
"a biography of almost unqualified excellence ...comprehensive, authoritative, balanced and invariably (throughout more than 600 pages) readable ..." -- ROY HATTERSLEY, NEW STATESMAN
"excellent, well-researched, clear and readable" -- PETER LEWIS, DAILY MAIL
Masterly biography of one of the most complex, fascinating and ultimately tragic figures of British politics in the 20th century. Anthony Eden served as both Foreign Secretary and Prime Minister. Based on hitherto unseen primary source material, this book reveals the true, inside stories of the Munich crisis (1938) and of the Suez crisis (1956). It also throws new light on Churchill. (2002-10-18)See all Product Description
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Thorpe's book is a noticeably sympathetic account of Eden's life, one which helps the reader understand the nature of his appeal. Born to a family that Thorpe characterizes as "minor aristocracy," he enjoyed a privileged childhood that was punctuated by service in the First World War. Interested in politics at an early age, he won a seat in Parliament in 1924 where he soon gained a reputation for ability in foreign policy. A little more than a decade after winning his first election, Eden was appointed Foreign Secretary. Over the next three years he faced the rise of an increasingly aggressive Germany, during which time he embraced policies that placed him increasingly out of step with his more conciliatory colleagues but did his reputation much good later on.
After his resignation in 1938 Eden quickly became a focus of Conservative dissent in the House of Commons.Read more ›
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Overall print and paper quality is poor. Some pictures not recognisable. Others hazy. They look like there are the output of a poor scanning process. Print is not sharp. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Andy R
Like many biographies, the author clearly admires Anthony Eden : the skill in his writing, and exposition of the facts, means that I now regard Eden with much the same admiration :... Read morePublished on 4 May 2014 by Ian R. Mccolm