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In Place of Fear
Aneurin Bevan, socialist, democrat, individualist, was the most fascinating of politicians; In Place of Fear was his only book. It is a series of superbly written chapters on many of the key issues faced by the Labour movement in Parliament, and his perceptions remain directly relevant today. It should be read by anyone who wishes to understand the struggles and achievemen ...more
Paperback, 203 pages
Published December 1st 1978 by Quartet
(first published 1952)
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Dec 24, 2020 Ana rated it it was amazing
Clear headed, powerful, decent, hinting towards the only way of living honestly that I know of. Socialism is not the demon you have been taught it is. Take it from one of the men who made the NHS happen.
A book which compellingly lays out what can and has been achieved when true democratic socialism is able to be implemented in a country. Nye Bevan's most famous accomplishment during his brief tenure as Health Secretary in the post-war Labour government was of course, the NHS. While only one chapter of this book focuses on the NHS itself, many of the things Bevan says are still directly applicable to politics and social life today. Socially and economically he was in many ways a man ahead of his ...more
Intrigued by the current problems with the NHS I decided to go back to source to see whether I could discover what Bevan might have made of the current situation - a massively expanded service from when he brought the welfare state into being but many of the same challenges he faced. I found an original 1952 paperback on-line and am reading it turn and turn about with a copy of Jennie Lee's account of her life with Bevan. She outlived him for many years (in fact I saw her speak at a meeting in C ...more
Aneurin "Nye" Bevan was a British Labour Party politician who was the Minister for Health in the post-war Attlee government from 1945 to 1951. The son of a coal miner, Bevan was a lifelong champion of social justice and the rights of working people. He was a long-time Member of Parliament (MP), representing Ebbw Vale in southern Wales for 31 years. He was one of the chief spokesmen for the Labour ...more
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