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Supermac: The Life of Harold Macmillan

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Packed with new revelations about Macmillan's private life as well as key events including the Tolstoy controversy, the Suez Crisis, the "You've Never Had It So Good" speech, the "Winds of Change" speech, and the Profumo scandal

The culmination of 35 years of research by a respected historian, this magisterial biographyprovidesan unforgettable portrait of a turbulent age. G...more
Paperback, 912 pages
Published September 8th 2011 by Pimlico (first published 2010)
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Harold Macmillian was British Prime Minister from 1956 to 1963, having previously been a minister in the post-war cabinets of Winston Churchill and Anthony Eden. He came to prominence through his success in managing the construction of hundreds of thousands of houses while Minister of Housing in Churchill's government. He replaced Anthony Eden after the Suez Crisis, ironically having been an early and stalwart supporter of British military attack on Egypt after Egypt's President Nasser took ove

Ian Simpson
This massive read gives a fascinating insight into one of the last century's most successful politicians. I was left marvelling at his cleverness - and his ruthlessness. He benefitted from the Suez debacle yet was one of those most responsible for it. His relationship with his wife was extraordinary. It casts light on other figures of the time, including Churchill, and the great man's one-liners still raise a smile.
This is a rather excellent biography of Macmillan. It is balanced and unbiased.

If your looking for just one book to read about Macmillan (there are a fair few to closer from) I recommend D.R. Thorpe's book.

I couldn't fault it and whilst I didn't always agree with the analysis, there were no factual inaccuracies.
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