Author: Andrew Adonis
Number Of Pages: 368
Release Date: 29-06-2021
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Statesman, pre-eminent leader and founder of the free world s then largest and most formidable trade union, Ernest Bevin was one of the greatest and most inspirational figures of the twentieth century. Minister of Labour in the wartime coalition during the Second World War, he was at Churchill s right hand, masterminding the home front while the war supremo commanded the battle front. Following the war, he was Foreign Secretary at one of the most pivotal moments of 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.
Born into abject poverty, an orphan farm boy from Bristol with virtually no formal education, Bevin s remarkable rise to fame and power is unmatched by any leader to this day. In this insightful and wide-ranging new biography, Andrew Adonis examines how the working-class John Bull grew to a position of such authority, and offers a critical reassessment of Bevin s life and influence.
Skilfully bringing to life this extraordinary figure, Adonis explores Bevin s powerful legacy and lessons for our own age, restoring this charismatic statesman to his rightful place among the pantheon of Britain s greatest political leaders.
An excellent book which rescues Bevin from the condescension of posterity , capturing an extraordinary political figure.
Bevin's extraordinary origins and path to politics are captured beautifully in Adonis's account. --
Stewart Wood, The Oldie
Far more people, in my experience, have heard of Bevan than Bevin. Luckily, with this timely biography, Andrew Adonis restores Bevin to his rightful place as not only a Labour Party legend but a giant of twentieth-century history. In this brilliant and most entertaining portrait, Adonis demonstrates the qualities of historian and experienced politician that have made him one of the most quotable commentators of the day. --
William Keegan, senior economics commentator, The Observer
A fascinating book.
Adonis brilliantly captures Bevin s creative genius, propagandist skill and sheer chutzpah.
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
Andrew Adonis writes rivetingly.
Alan Johnson, The Spectator
[It] does a superb job in reintroducing a giant from Labour s past.
T.G. Otte, TLS
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, The Financial Times
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.
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