Aneurin Bevan: A Biography: Volume 1: 1897-1945 by Michael Foot

By Michael Foot

Publish 12 months note: First released in 1962
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Michael Foot's two-volume biography of Aneurin 'Nye' Bevan (1897-1960) - arguably Britain's maximum socialist, indelibly linked to the founding of the nationwide overall healthiness carrier, - is among the significant political biographies of the final century. it's the lifetime of an inspirational flesh presser, written by way of one that knew and unabashedly in demand him.

Volume I, first released in 1962, describes Bevan's existence from his delivery in Tredegar within the South Wales Valleys, via his abortive education, his employment at a colliery and the following embody of socialism that will make him a pacesetter between South Wales miners. It follows his route to the home of Commons as a Labour MP with a fast-rising recognition as a defender of the operating classification; and his marriage in 1934 to fellow firebrand MP Jennie Lee. the amount closes with Labour's landslide election victory of 1945, and Bevan's appointment as Minister of Health.

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