The history of the Conservative party has, extraordinarily, rarely been written in a single volume for the general reader. There are academic multi-volume accounts and a multitude of smaller books with limited historical scope. But now, Robin Harris, Margaret Thatcher's speechwriter and party insider, has produced this authoritative but lively history book which tells the whole story and fills a gaping hole in Britain's historiographical record. Taking as his starting point the larger than life personalities of the Conservative Party's leaders and prime ministers since its inception, Robin Harris's book also analyses the interconnected themes and issues which have dominated Conservative politics over the years. The careers of Peel, Disraeli, Salisbury, Baldwin, Chamberlain, Churchill, Eden, Macmillan, Heath, Thatcher, Major, Hague and Cameron together amount to an alternative history of Britain since the early nineteenth century. This landmark book is essential reading for anyone with an interest in history or politics, or anyone who has ever wondered how Britain came to be the nation it is today.
A comprehensive, insightful and informative history of the Conservatives.
It provides interesting and edifying detail to the trials and triumphs of British Conservatism.
It dispels the myths surrounding the leaders, movers and shakers of Conservatism and lays bare the party's inherent pragmatism.
The authors clear loyalty and commitment to all things Thatcher is understandable given his background and forgivable given the huge impact she undoubtedly had on the Party and the country.
If you want to understand the a conservative Party better this is a very good starting point.
The narrator is also excellent and brings what is a very dry subject as much to life as I think is possible.
Well worth the effort all round.
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All great Generals say secret to victory is knowing your enemies. From the old Tory days of Wellington through to Conservative Baldwin, Churchill and Thatcher this work will give a genuine understanding of the party most of us love to hate.
this is a very comprehensive list, though frustratingly breif towards more recent events. There is a lot of words... which goes in one ear and out the other, so extracting the actual content is difficult. but good info non the less.