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The Best of Benn

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Tony Benn was one of the 20th century's most charismatic politicians. The Best of Benn showcases his powers of original thinking and communication over seven decades. From "the baby of the house" to a retired widower, he was a consistently radical campaigning voice on issues such as the death penalty, the case against the European Union, opposition to war and support of wo ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published November 1st 2014 by Random House UK
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Sally Flint
May 09, 2016 Sally Flint rated it really liked it
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A great introduction to the politics and diaries of Tony Benn. This books dips into Tony Benn's whole career and includes a wide range of speeches from the Falklands, to whether Britain should be in Europe, to the miner's strike. The power of the spoken/written word is never in question - eloquent, elegant and engaging, Tony Benn is a master of language. Apparently he wrote upwards of 15 million words of which 2 million were used and recorded and archived by his teabags - amongst them Edward ...more
Jul 26, 2016 Patrick rated it it was amazing
If ever there were a book I thought worth carrying on my person at all times, it would be this. Through Tony Benn's political and personal life, it reads like a potted history of the political struggles of Britain through the 20th and early 21st century. Often prescient, and a reminder that so many issues we face today are not new, not unique, and not insurmountable. There are times reading Benn's words with the benefit of hindsight where he was correct in his predictions and you wish he ...more
Abi Rhodes
Jan 14, 2015 Abi Rhodes rated it it was amazing
A book with the heart and soul of one of the most human men of our time. The editor of this collection, Ruth Winstone, has collated some of the best speeches and diary entries made by Tony Benn throughout his long and politically prolific life. It leads you on a journey through a few of his parliamentary debates with examples of the some of the clearest thinking and forthright decision making that I have ever read. Benn was truly an eminent socialist and political activist who could be said to ...more
William Cleary
Jun 18, 2015 William Cleary rated it really liked it
A joyful, easy read. Thank goodness for people like Benn who buck the stereotype of getting more conservative as you get older. It's so true that he "left parliament to focus more on politics." Maybe most interesting of all is the link he sees between socialism and Christianity. Or perhaps his thoughts on youth and old age. You also get from this collection a sense of what socialism meant to him. It's not my socialism but I admire it.

Clearly Tony Benn was an excellent political diarist, I'd love
Jan 31, 2016 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The older I get the more I appreciate Tony Benn. One of the greatest speakers who stuck to his principles(a rare thing in politics). This book contains speeches, extracts from his diaries and letters. A great introduction into the writings of Benn.
Aug 24, 2015 Nick rated it it was amazing
Prescient, sincere and honest! I came away with a different perspective on topics as diverse as the European Union, Tony Blair and Capitalism as well as old age and assisted dying. Truly wonderful...
Luke Franklin
Nov 20, 2015 Luke Franklin rated it did not like it
Why used three words when Benn can use three hundred!

I like the man and his politics but his style of writing just bores the pants of me.
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Any Benn anthology will always feel too abridged.
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Not as much fun as the diaries, but still a great introduction to Benn's writing.
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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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