Harold Wilson

Harold Wilson

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Biography of Harold Wilson, a hugely impressive job by Ben Pimlott

Harold Wilson

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The rehabilitation of Wilson has begun — and Ben Pimlott, the best British political biographer now writing, has made a hugely impressive job of it... His narrative of the young Wilson from sickly boy scout to academic pupil of the formidable William Beveridge, and then to chirpy junior minister is quite outstanding - clear, thoughtful and gripping. This early part of the book is central to its larger achievement, since Pimlott shocks the reader out of basic anti-Wilson prejudice by demanding a human sympathy for him. The little, blinking, stubborn boy, hiding his hurt with cocky self-confidence, lives on as a permanent presence within the powerful politician...

Some biographies enter the political discourse at once, thanks to their innate qualities and lucky timing. There are so many echoes of the Wilson years in the politics of today that this happy fate must surely belong to Pimlott's book. Wilson's soured relationship with the press (and the terrible problems it caused for him) - the conflict within him between national leadership and good party management - even the growing debate about national decline — are all suggestive and worth lingering over.

Soft cover, 827pgs, photographs, notes, sources & select bibliography, index. Acceptable, cover creased, page margins slightly foxed. 195mm x 260mm

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Short Description Biography of Harold Wilson, a hugely impressive job by Ben Pimlott
Weight (g) 720.0000
Author Ben Pimlott
Publisher Harper Collins
Date Published 1992
ISBN 0 00 637955 9
Size 195mm x 130mm

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