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The prime minister : the office and its holders since 1945

Author: Peter Hennessy
Publisher: London : Penguin, 2001, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : New [ed.]View all editions and formats
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This volume presents an account of the lives and policies of the eleven British leaders since 1945, going behind the scenes to look at how premiership works, what it means and how it has developed, and asking who was the greatest Prime Minister.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Hennessy
ISBN: 0140283935 9780140283938
OCLC Number: 47063414
Notes: Previous ed. (i.e. 1st ed.): London : Allen Lane, 2000.
Description: xiv, 704 p., [32] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 20 cm.
Contents: Part 1 Prelude: the platonic idea and the constitutional deal; continuity and cottage pie. Part 2 The premiership: the double-headed nation; organized by history - the premiership before 1945; beyond any mortal? the stretching of the premiership since 1945; where the buck stops - premiers, "war cabinets" and nuclear war planning since 1945. Part 3 The prime ministers: a sense of architectronics - Clement Atlee, 1945-51; in history lie all the secrets - Winston Churchill, 1951-55; the Colonel and the drawing room - Anthony Eden, 1955-57; quiet, calm deliberation - Harold Macmillan, 1957-63; country values - Alec Douglas-Home, 1963-64; centre forward - Harold Wilson, 1964-70; the somersaulting modernizer - Edward Heath, 1970-74; centre half - Harold Wilson, 1974-76; the sea-changer - James Callaghan, 1976-79; a tigress surrounded by hamsters - Margaret Thatcher, 1979-90; the solo-coalitionist - John Major, 1990-97; command and control - Tony Blair, 1997-. Part 4 Coda: the premier league - the inevitability of disappointment; towards a new specification - premiership for the 21st century.
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Explores the formal powers of the Prime Minister and how each incumbent has made the job his or her own. Drawing on unparalleled access to many of the leading figures, as well as the key civil  Read more...

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