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  • Published: 31 August 2013
  • ISBN: 9781409039969
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 896

Edward Heath

A Biography




'John Campbell has produced a thorough, highly readable and relatively objective book that serves, too, as a political history of the quarter century from 1950 to 1975 when Heath was at the forefront of statesmanship. ' Simon Heffer EVENING STANDARD

'I do not believe a better biography of Ted Heath will ever be written John Campbell manages to keep alive a narrative about a grumpy and often charmless man whose career ended in apparent failure, to maintain pace and readability through nearly a thousand pages of pain staking detail, to make the story lively, funny and touching without the least tendency to exaggeration or unfairness and with every appear ance of careful judgement, and to do it all in polished prose which never falters. I do not know if I end up admiring Sir Edward, but I know I end up admiring Mr Campbell. ! Matthew Parris. TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT The son of a carpenter, Heath broke the mould of upper-class Tory leaders and suffered years of snobbish mockery. With accomplishments outside politics, in music and international sailing, he is a veritable Renaissance Man. Yet his period as Prime Minister collapsed in chaos and humiliation after only three and a half years. Eclipsed by the Thatcherite economic miracle, achievements were easily overlooked. Now that Thatcherism itself has given way to a punishing recession, perhaps Heath can emerge in terms of Shakespearean tragedy as a man of remarkable qualities cursed with a blight that turned all to ashes.

  • Pub date: 31 August 2013
  • ISBN: 9781409039969
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 896

About the Author

John Campbell

John Campbell is the author of many biographies including one of Edward Heath, for which he won the 1994 NCR award, The Iron Lady: Margaret Thatcher, from Grocer's Daughter to Iron Lady and, most recently, Pistols at Dawn: Two Hundred Years of Political Rivalry from Pitt and Fox to Blair and Brown. He is married and lives in Kent.

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Praise for Edward Heath

“It holds the reader from the first page to the last. That - plus the beating of a long-needed historical path through the thickets of the early 1970s - makes it a truly special contribution to contemporary history.”

Peter Hennessy, The Times Educational Supplement

“I do not believe a better biography of Ted Heath will ever be written... We feel we know him.”

Matthew Parris, The Times Literary Supplement

“An outstanding book - over 800 pages and not a word wasted.”

John Bruton, Irish Independent

“Judicious, generous and finely written.”

Ben Pimlott, Independent on Sunday

“John Campbell's massive and highly impressive biography takes us a long way towards understanding this ambiguous but powerful figure [who has] shaped our affairs fundamentally over the past 30 years.”

Kenneth O. Morgan, New Statesman & Society

“The best biography of its subject ever likely to be written.”

Conor Cruise O'Brien, Sunday Independent

“Immensely readable and fascinating”

David Steel


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