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The son of a carpenter, Edward Heath broke the patrician mould of Tory leaders. He pioneered free enterprise Conservatism ahead of Thatcher. He committed Britain to Europe. With accomplishments outside politics - in music and international sailing - he is the most multi-talented Prime Minister this century. Yet his period in office, which began with such high hopes in June 1970, collapsed in chaos and humiliation after only three-and-a-half years.

In this powerful, bestselling biography, John Campbell shows us a nation undergoing a social and psychological revolution and, at its centre, a man of vision and integrity whose legacy will shape British history for decades to come.


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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  • Paperback


    July 1, 2013


    896 pages

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  • EBook


    August 31, 2013

    Vintage Digital

    896 pages

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