The Prime Minister: The Office and Its Holders Since 1945: The Office and Its Holders Since 1945

The Prime Minister: The Office and Its Holders Since 1945: The Office and Its Holders Since 1945

by Peter Hennessy

Hardcover(1ST PALGRA)

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Overview

Analyzing the special chemistry of life in Number 10 Downing Street, Peter Hennessy scrutinizes what the Prime Minister actually does and the way that Cabinet government is run. He draws on unprecedented access to many of the leading politicians and also recently declassified, electrifying archival material. He illuminates Prime Ministerial attitudes towards, and authority over, such topics as nuclear weapons policy, the planning and waging of war, and foreign crises from Suez to the Falklands. He concludes with controversial assessments of each Prime Minister's performance and outlines a new profile of the premiership for the 4th century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312293130
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 10/05/2001
Edition description: 1ST PALGRA
Pages: 688
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.75(d)

About the Author

Peter Hennessy is an award winning author of numerous books. His most recent is Canada's Big House.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsix
Acknowledgementsxiii
Part 1Prelude
1.The Platonic Idea and the Constitutional Deal3
2.Continuity and Cottage Pie12
Part 2The Premiership
3.The Double-Headed Nation21
4.Organized by History: The Premiership Before 194536
5.Beyond any Mortal? The Stretching of the Premiership Since 194553
6.Where the Buck Stops: Premiers, 'War Cabinets' and Nuclear War Planning Since 1945102
Part 3The Prime Ministers
7.A Sense of Architectonics: Clement Attlee, 1945-51147
8.In History Lie All the Secrets: Winston Churchill, 1951-55178
9.The Colonel and the Drawing Room: Anthony Eden, 1955-57207
10.Quiet, Calm Deliberation: Harold Macmillan, 1957-63248
11.Country Values: Alec Douglas-Home, 1963-64272
12.Centre Forward: Harold Wilson, 1964-70286
13.The Somersaulting Modernizer: Edward Heath, 1970-74331
14.Centre Half: Harold Wilson, 1974-76357
15.The Sea-Changer: James Callaghan, 1976-79376
16.A Tigress Surrounded by Hamsters: Margaret Thatcher, 1979-90397
17.The Solo-Coalitionist: John Major, 1990-97437
18.Command and Control: Tony Blair, 1997-476
Part 4Coda
19.The Premier League: The Inevitability of Disappointment527
20.Towards a New Specification: Premiership for the Twenty-First Century534
Notes543
Index661

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The Prime Minister: The Office and Its Holders Since 1945: The Office and Its Holders Since 1945 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
eddie1948 More than 1 year ago
This book should be in any British history buff's library.
It covers a vast amount of information on the goings on in
the British government, and intertwining with other nations.