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Michael Foot: A Life

4.21  ·  Rating Details ·  38 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Michael Foot has been a controversial and charismatic figure in British public life for more than sixty years. He rose as a crusading leftwing journalist in the late 1930s; his book The Guilty Men, on pre-war appeasers of Nazi Germany, is one of the great radical tracts of British history. He has long been the voice of libertarian socialism in parliament, has served as a g ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by HarperCollins UK (first published September 28th 2007)
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Christopher Jarvis
Kenneth Morgan's biography of the late Michael Foot is an enchanting examination of the life of one of Britain's most important and influential political figures of the 20th century. Morgan's research and knowledge of Foot's life is deep and enthralling, but this text also functions as an important account of the political existence of 21st century Britain. Largely due to his exceptional skill as a modern historian, Morgan is able to capture the atmosphere of the times he chronicles, while centr ...more
Hubert Han
Oct 03, 2016 Hubert Han rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating insights into one of Britain's most misunderstood politicians in modern times. Comparisons with Corbyn are grossly misplaced - Foot was a democratic socialist, patriotic libertarian and above all, a party man.

It just misses out on the 5 stars due to the condescension with which Morgan treats the Bennite movement in the 70s and 80s (which sufficiently detracts from Morgan's role as biographer), and the somewhat sparse treatment of the Foot leadership years (50 pages out of 450). Perha
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Pinko Palest
it's well written in the main, but the author is not at all sympathetic to Foot's politics or point of view. Thus, most of the time he doesn't even begin to grasp what really going on (at least from Michael Foot's view) , while at times he can be rather disingenuous. Maybe it was a mistake giving such a right-wing figure the task of writing Foot's biography
Will James
Aug 09, 2011 Will James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant biography of the Labour Party's most knowledgable and romantic leading-lights. Perhaps the greatest moments in the book are those that recount Foot's earlier life - his family roots, as a journalist, as a leading Bevanite - rather than the events surrounding his disasterous leadership in the 1980s.
Jonathan
Jul 27, 2011 Jonathan rated it really liked it
Excellent. A superbly written biography of an important person in recent British politics.
Marcell
Jun 22, 2013 Marcell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Evenhanded & well researched
Peter Pinkney
May 30, 2016 Peter Pinkney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant book about a brilliant man
Rog Harrison
Interesting but it took me weeks reading it off and on to finish it.
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Kenneth O. Morgan, Research Professor, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and Honorary Fellow, Queen's College, Oxford.
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