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Dare to Be a Daniel: Then and Now

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Born into a family with a strong, radical dissenting tradition in which enterprise and public service were combined, Tony Benn was taught to believe that the greatest sin in life was to waste time and money. Life in his Victorian-Edwardian family home in Westminster was characterised by austerity, the last vestiges of domestic service, the profound influence of his mother, ...more
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Published September 1st 2005 by Arrow (first published 2004)
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Feb 20, 2008 John rated it really liked it
I was unsure before I read "Dare to Be a Daniel"... but I am absolutely delighted to say that what I previously believed has been confirmed within....

That Tony Benn is a decent family man... a man of integrity, humility, honesty and passion... a man who trusts his god and the judgement that his god has bestowed upon him. A man that will not support his own comrades out of blind faith and can offer his political weight to an opponent should his opinion agree.

Tony Benn is without doubt a rarity..
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Oct 02, 2007 Diana Apperley rated it really liked it
I love Tony Benn!
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Nov 23, 2016 Julie Hudson rated it really liked it
I like Tony Benn and admire his principles and what he stood for. Interesting book about his influences and ending with some speeches that he made when he was in parliament.
May 30, 2016 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable if a bit odd. The first part is quite religious (I don't know why that should surprise me, on reflection); it's entitled "honest doubt", and shows what one might call the nonconformist conscience at work as the background to Tony Benn's life and the influences on his thought; the second part is autobiographical, describing childhood, parents, how he met his wife &c., with some very funny moments - a precursor to the diaries with just a little overlap - and the third part is ...more
Feb 05, 2015 Karina rated it liked it
Interessante autobiografie van Tony Benn, geliefd en gewaardeerd boegbeeld van old Labour. Vóór dit boek wist ik eigenlijk alleen dat hij pas gestorven was en duidelijk gerespecteerd werd. Ik was verbaasd te leren dat hij is opgegroeid in een upper class gezin met een erg gelovige moeder; niet meteen wat je verwacht van een overtuigde socialist ;) Hij leek me een eerlijk man die zijn taak als vertegenwoordiger van het volk bloedserieus nam. Over het algemeen vond ik echter dat het boek slecht in ...more
Apr 11, 2014 Colin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That Tony Benn represents a bygone age of politicians with real conviction is now a cliché; but this book - half memoire, half collected speeches - puts that conviction in context. Driven not by ideology or dogma but by a strong and sincere belief in humanity and democracy, Benn writes with warmth and compassion. Dare to be a Daniel is a wonderful account of one of the great figures of twentieth century English politics.
Nov 10, 2015 L rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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An absolutely fantastic audiobook, narrated by the wonderful Tony Benn himself, tells the story of his early life and his family. A fascinating listen, warmly told by the greatest politician the UK has ever had. I highly recommend.
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Often misunderstood and misrepresented but what a charming old geezer he is. In this book he taught me the reasons behind party politics, why it's a good thing, why it's a bad thing. Now I know I feel that, if I can't forgive them, at least I can understand them - politicians!
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Anthony Neil Wedgwood "Tony" Benn, PC (3 April 1925 – 14 March 2014), formerly 2nd Viscount Stansgate, was a British Labour Party politician. He served as a Member of Parliament from 1951 until 2001, and was a Cabinet Minister under Harold Wilson and James Callaghan in the 1960s and 1970s. After his retirement from the House of Commons, he continued his activism and served as president of the Stop ...more
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