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To most, Winston Churchill remains Great Britain's greatest prime minister. Yet while he presided over his country's finest hour, he was not its most consequential leader. In this definitive new biography, John Bew reveals how that designation belongs to Clement Attlee, Churchill's successor, who launched a new era of political, economic, and social reform that would forever change Great Britain.

Alternatively criticized for being "too socialist" or "not radical enough", Attlee's quiet tenacity was intrinsic to the success of his party and highly pertinent to British identity overall. Attlee initiated key advancements in international relations by supporting the development of both the United Nations and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and by granting independence to India, Burma, and Ceylon. More controversially, he sanctioned the building of Britain's nuclear deterrent in response to the rise of the Soviet Union and the threat of atomic bombs.

Clement Attlee: The Man Who Made Modern Britain explores his tenure in the years after the war as he presided over a radical new government in an age of austerity and imperial decline. Bew mines contemporary memoirs, diaries, and press excerpts to present listeners with an illuminating and intimate look into Attlee's life and career.

©2017 John Bew (P)2021 Tantor

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