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Great-grandson of a crofter and son-in-law of a Duke, Harold Macmillan (1894-1986) was both complex as a person and influential as... Weiterlesen
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Great-grandson of a crofter and son-in-law of a Duke, Harold Macmillan (1894-1986) was both complex as a person and influential as a politican. Marked by terrible experiences in the trenches in the First World War and by his work as an MP during the Depression, he was a Tory rebel - an outspoken backbencher, opposing the economic policies of the 1930s and the appeasement policies of his own government.Churchill gave him responsibility during the Second World War with executive command as 'Viceroy of the Mediterranean'. After the War, in opposition, Macmillan was one of the principal reformers of the Conservatives, and after 1951, back in government, served in several important posts before becoming Prime Minister after the Suez Crisis.Supermac examines key events including the controversy over the Cossacks repatriation, the Suez Crisis, You've Never Had It So Good, the Winds of Change, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Profumo Scandal. The culmination of thirty-five years of research into this period by one of our most respected historians, this book gives an unforgettable portrait of a turbulent age.Shortlisted for the Orwell Prize.

Vorwort
Supermac is a truly important political biography, of significance to everyone interested in the history of the 20th century. Packed with new revelations about Macmillan's private life as well as key events including the 'Tolstoy' controversy, the Suez Crisis, You've Never Had It So Good, the Winds of Change and the Profumo Scandal.

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D.R. Thorpe's work on the constitutional history and politics of the 20th century has made him one of Britain's most respected historians. He has written biographies of Alec Douglas-Home, Anthony Eden, Selwyn Lloyd, Austen Chamberlain, Lord Curzon and Lord Butler. Thorpe is a senior member of Brasenose College, Oxford, and has been a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, and of St Antony's College, Oxford.

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Shortlisted for the Orwell Prize and the Marsh Biography Award of the English Speaking Union.

'A spellbinding insight into the fascinating character of one of the most remarkable politicians of the twentieth century.' Evening Standard

Great-grandson of a crofter and son-in-law of a Duke, Harold Macmillan (1894-1986) was both complex as a person and influential as a politician. Marked by terrible experiences in the trenches in the First World War and by his work as an MP during the Depression, he was a Tory rebel - an outspoken backbencher, opposing the economic policies of the 1930s and the appeasement policies of his own government.

Churchill gave him responsibility during the Second World War with executive command as 'Viceroy of the Mediterranean'. After the War, in opposition, Macmillan was one of the principal reformers of the Conservatives, and after 1951 back in government, served in key positions before becoming Prime Minister after the Suez Crisis.

Supermac examines key events including the controversy over the Cossacks repatriation, the Suez Crisis, You've Never Had It So Good, the Winds of Change, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Profumo Scandal. The culmination of thirty-five years of research into this period by one of our most respected historians, this book gives an unforgettable portrait of a turbulent age.

'The best biography of a post-war British Prime Minister yet written.' Professor Vernon Bogdanor

'D. R. Thorpe is one of our finest historians, and this is one of his finest books: painstaking, detailed, but always readable.' Observer

'This humane, elegantly written, exhaustively researched biography is the best yet of Macmillan.' David Kynaston, Guardian

'A beautifully judged political biography, written with great flair and insight, and surely the last word on one of our most civilised, cunning and ambiguous prime minsters.' Daily Telegraph

Produktinformationen

Titel: Supermac
Untertitel: The Life of Harold Macmillan
Autor:
EAN: 9781409059325
ISBN: 978-1-4090-5932-5
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Vintage Digital
Genre: Sonstiges
Anzahl Seiten: 912
Veröffentlichung: 09.09.2010
Jahr: 2010
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 2.4 MB