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Ernest Bevin Hardcover – 31 Mar 2001
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A Massive work about a massive man - Clement Attlee -- The Times
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As with all authors, bias can't help but come through. A key example of this being Bullock's assertion that Bevin's sole aim was to get the U.S. onside against the Soviets. Its a small point, but having studied the career of Bevin in the past i couldn't help but get the point in ;-).
Bullock in the preface states a valid point that Bevin's role in history has been somewhat forgotten in recent years. Hopefully this is a trend that can be reversed as Bevin helped directly and indirectly in forming entities that still exist today - NATO, the U.N, to name but a few. He also had a role in setting into motion events that would ultimately lead to the formation of the European Union (in my view anyway ;-)).
Masterful, enthralling and a rewarding read. Its a biography, a social history, a political history. Its a story of the making of modern Britain, its role in the world, and above all else the pivotal role of one Ernest Bevin.
A pity because Bullock is a terrific author - Bevin very much a man for his times. However, I wish I had bought this book 'new', rather than a crappy second-hand copy via Amazon. Maybe the previous owner of this copy traded it in to the bookseller after being disappointed by the typo errors..?
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