Peerless. The Five Giants essentially define the contract between Government and people. If you want to understand the choices and trade-offs made by those in power then there is no better place to start than this giant of a book.
I am still in the middle of this enthralling book. It is superbly written, and although I have read about the subject before, I’ve learnt a lot from the earlier chapters. I recommend it unreservedly for anyone who wants to learn why British society is the way it is. A truly remarkable piece of political and social history.