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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
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Paperback, 886 pages
Published November 28th 2011 by Random House UK (first published 2010)
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Ian Simpson
Mar 26, 2012 Ian Simpson rated it it was amazing
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.
Andy
Jul 27, 2015 Andy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thorpe's elegant, sympathetic, but not uncritical biography of the late prime minister does justice to the man and the great hinterland - martial, intellectual and social - which underpinned his political life.

After Churchill, Macmillan's story is probably the most fascinating of any 20th century premier. This Thorpe celebrates, while never forgetting the triumphs and eventual failure of his time at Number Ten.
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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

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Jul 12, 2012 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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D. R. (Richard) Thorpe (born 1943) was educated at Fettes College, Edinburgh and Selwyn College, Cambridge. He taught history at Charterhouse, a public school in Surrey, for over 30 years. Among other academic appointments, he was Archives Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, and a Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford and Brasenose College, Oxford.
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