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Ernest Bevin: Labour's Churchill

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Author: AdonisBinding: PaperbackNumber Of Pages: 400Release Date: 03-06-2021Details: Product Description Statesman, pre-eminent leader and founder of the free world's then largest and most formidable trade union, Ernest Bevin was one of the most rousing figures of the twentieth century. Minister of Labour in the wartime coalition during the Second World...

Author: Adonis

Binding: Paperback

Number Of Pages: 400

Release Date: 03-06-2021

Details: Product Description Statesman, pre-eminent leader and founder of the free world's then largest and most formidable trade union, Ernest Bevin was one of the most rousing figures of the twentieth century. Minister of Labour in the wartime coalition during the Second World War, he was Churchill's right-hand man, masterminding the home front while the war supremo commanded the battle front. Afterwards, he was Foreign Secretary at one of the most critical moments in international history, responsible for keeping Stalin and communism out of Western Europe, and for creating West Germany, NATO and the transatlantic alliance, all of which underpin European democracy and security to this day. An orphan farm boy from Bristol, Bevin's astonishing rise to fame and power is unmatched by any leader to this day. In this discerning and wide-ranging biography, Andrew Adonis examines how 'the working-class John Bull' grew to a position of such authority, and offers a critical reassessment of his life and influence. Finally exploring Bevin’s powerful legacy and lessons for our own age, Adonis restores this charismatic statesman to his rightful place among the pantheon of Britain's greatest political leaders. Review Book of the year, The Spectator Political book of the year, The Times A biography brimming with colour and insight that brings both the character of the man and his many achievements vividly to life. -- Andrew Rawnsley, The Observer Book of the Week As a reintroduction to a forgotten giant this is a fine work... Someone should definitely slip a copy of this book into Keir Starmer s backpack. -- Robert Shrimsley, Financial Times Bevin's extraordinary origins and path to politics are captured beautifully in Adonis's account. -- Stewart Wood, The Oldie About the Author Andrew Adonis was at the heart of the Blair–Brown government for twelve years, serving as Minister for Schools under Tony Blair and as Transport Secretary in Gordon Brown's Cabinet. Formerly, he was a journalist on The Observer and the Financial Times and a Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford. His previous books include 5 Days in May, acclaimed as ‘a West Wing-style thriller’ about the formation of the Cameron–Clegg coalition. A member of the House of Lords, he has twice been named Peer of the Year in the Channel 4 and Spectator awards.

Languages: English

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