The Guardsmen : Harold MacMillan, Three Friends and the World They Made

3.3 avg rating
( 10 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780006531630: The Guardsmen : Harold MacMillan, Three Friends and the World They Made
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

From the playing fields of Eton via the horrors of the Western Front to the pinnacle of political power in 20th-century Britain -- a brilliant collective biography of Harold Macmillan, Lord Salisbury, Oliver Lyttleton and Harry Crookshank. Harold Macmillan, Oliver Lyttleton, Bobbety Cranbourne and Harry Crookshank all arrived at Eton in 1906, all served on the Western Front in the same battalion of the Grenadier Guards and all served in Cabinet under Winston Churchill during World War II. They helped Churchill regain Downing Street in 1951 and once more joined his Cabinet as senior figures. These four men who were lifelong friends (and sometimes enemies), argued and fought their way up the political ladder for over forty years. The theme of Simon Ball's brilliant book is a race, willingly entered into by these four men, for power and glory. 'Politics is not a flat race, it's a steeplechase,' as Churchill once told Macmillan. And through the collective biography, Ball presents an extraordinary portrait of political ambition and intrigue from World War II until Macmillan's resignation as Prime Minister in 1963, tracing the lives of his four protagonists through the trauma of the trenches, the Treaty of Versailles and the rebuilding of Europe after the Great War. Ball has based the book on years of original research in many archives and has had exclusive access to the Salisbury papers, closed to the public until 2022. The Guardsmen is a work of significant scholarship that presents a gripping account of British politics in the 20th-century.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Simon Ball won an Open Exhibition to read history at Brasenose, Oxford. He studied for his Ph.D under David Reynolds at Christ's College, Cambridge and was head of modern history at Glasgow University.

Review:

`I read every page, every line of this very long book with sustained interest and pleasure...It is a magnificent achievement...A product of superb scholarship and profound insight and written in a style both incisive and flowing, this is a book for every taste and for the politically minded of every age group. I cannot recommend it too highly.' Peregrine Worsthorne, Spectator `"The Guardsmen" is a magnificent achievement. By following the careers of four friends and competitors through Eton, Oxford, the Guards, and into politics, it explores British political and social history in the first two-thirds of the twentieth century. It is a work of consummate scholarship, lightly borne, but above all rendered in a prose that is consistently deft and readable. Simon Ball is a historian at the height of his powers.' Hew Strachan, Chichele Professor of the History of War, University of Oxford `Through skilfull stitching of threads from personal and official papers, Ball has woven a superb panoramic tapestry of 20th-century Conservative politics...Compelling.' Sunday Times `"The Guardsmen" is an accomplished work. Simon Ball has command of his subject matter and demonstrates an assured touch with primary material that has not appeared in previous biographies and memoirs.' Literary Review `"The Guardsmen" is good reading because political warfare is at its centre, and Ball skilfully evokes that inter-war world...A stylish book.' Daily Telegraph

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780002571104: The Guardsmen

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0002571102 ISBN 13:  9780002571104
Publisher: Harpercollins Pub Ltd, 2004
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Simon Ball
Published by HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom (2005)
ISBN 10: 0006531636 ISBN 13: 9780006531630
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom, 2005. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. From the playing fields of Eton via the horrors of the Western Front to the pinnacle of political power in 20th-century Britain - a brilliant collective biography of Harold Macmillan, Lord Salisbury, Oliver Lyttleton and Harry Crookshank. Harold Macmillan, Oliver Lyttleton, Bobbety Cranbourne and Harry Crookshank all arrived at Eton in 1906, all served on the Western Front in the same battalion of the Grenadier Guards and all served in Cabinet under Winston Churchill during World War II. They helped Churchill regain Downing Street in 1951 and once more joined his Cabinet as senior figures. These four men who were lifelong friends (and sometimes enemies), argued and fought their way up the political ladder for over forty years. The theme of Simon Ball's brilliant book is a race, willingly entered into by these four men, for power and glory. `Politics is not a flat race, it's a steeplechase,' as Churchill once told Macmillan. And through the collective biography, Ball presents an extraordinary portrait of political ambition and intrigue from World War II until Macmillan's resignation as Prime Minister in 1963, tracing the lives of his four protagonists through the trauma of the trenches, the Treaty of Versailles and the rebuilding of Europe after the Great War. Ball has based the book on years of original research in many archives and has had exclusive access to the Salisbury papers, closed to the public until 2022. The Guardsmen is a work of significant scholarship that presents a gripping account of British politics in the 20th-century. Seller Inventory # AAZ9780006531630

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 15.94
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Simon Ball
Published by HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom (2005)
ISBN 10: 0006531636 ISBN 13: 9780006531630
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom, 2005. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. From the playing fields of Eton via the horrors of the Western Front to the pinnacle of political power in 20th-century Britain - a brilliant collective biography of Harold Macmillan, Lord Salisbury, Oliver Lyttleton and Harry Crookshank. Harold Macmillan, Oliver Lyttleton, Bobbety Cranbourne and Harry Crookshank all arrived at Eton in 1906, all served on the Western Front in the same battalion of the Grenadier Guards and all served in Cabinet under Winston Churchill during World War II. They helped Churchill regain Downing Street in 1951 and once more joined his Cabinet as senior figures. These four men who were lifelong friends (and sometimes enemies), argued and fought their way up the political ladder for over forty years. The theme of Simon Ball's brilliant book is a race, willingly entered into by these four men, for power and glory. `Politics is not a flat race, it's a steeplechase,' as Churchill once told Macmillan. And through the collective biography, Ball presents an extraordinary portrait of political ambition and intrigue from World War II until Macmillan's resignation as Prime Minister in 1963, tracing the lives of his four protagonists through the trauma of the trenches, the Treaty of Versailles and the rebuilding of Europe after the Great War. Ball has based the book on years of original research in many archives and has had exclusive access to the Salisbury papers, closed to the public until 2022. The Guardsmen is a work of significant scholarship that presents a gripping account of British politics in the 20th-century. Seller Inventory # AAZ9780006531630

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 20.58
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Simon Ball
ISBN 10: 0006531636 ISBN 13: 9780006531630
New Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Speedy Hen LLC
(Sunrise, FL, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # ST0006531636. Seller Inventory # ST0006531636

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 20.59
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Simon Ball
ISBN 10: 0006531636 ISBN 13: 9780006531630
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Ria Christie Collections
(Uxbridge, United Kingdom)

Book Description Paperback. Condition: New. Not Signed; From the playing fields of Eton via the horrors of the Western Front to the pinnacle of political power in 20th-century Britain - a brilliant collective biography of Harold Macmillan, Lord Salisbury, Oliver Lyttleton and Harry Crookshank.Harold Macmillan, Oliver Lyttleton, Bobbety Cranbourne and Har. book. Seller Inventory # ria9780006531630_rkm

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 15.77
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.93
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Ball, Simon
Published by Harpercollins Pub Ltd (2005)
ISBN 10: 0006531636 ISBN 13: 9780006531630
New Softcover Quantity Available: 2

Book Description Harpercollins Pub Ltd, 2005. Condition: New. 2005. Paperback. . . . . . . Seller Inventory # V9780006531630

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 20.97
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From Ireland to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Ball, Simon
Published by Harpercollins Pub Ltd
ISBN 10: 0006531636 ISBN 13: 9780006531630
New Softcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Kennys Bookstore
(Olney, MD, U.S.A.)

Book Description Harpercollins Pub Ltd. Condition: New. 2005. Paperback. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Seller Inventory # V9780006531630

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 21.01
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Simon Ball
Published by HarperCollins Publishers 2010-05-14, London (2010)
ISBN 10: 0006531636 ISBN 13: 9780006531630
New paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers 2010-05-14, London, 2010. paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 9780006531630

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 15.72
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 6.24
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

Ball, Simon
Published by Harpercollins Pub Ltd
ISBN 10: 0006531636 ISBN 13: 9780006531630
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
WFL
(Holtsville, NY, U.S.A.)

Book Description Harpercollins Pub Ltd. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0006531636 Brand New ,Original Book , Direct from Source , Express 5-8 Business days worldwide Delivery. Seller Inventory # DG#P41370

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 20.02
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

9.

Simon Ball
Published by Harpercollins Pub Ltd (2005)
ISBN 10: 0006531636 ISBN 13: 9780006531630
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)

Book Description Harpercollins Pub Ltd, 2005. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0006531636

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 24.14
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

10.

Simon Ball
Published by HarperPerennial (2005)
ISBN 10: 0006531636 ISBN 13: 9780006531630
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)

Book Description HarperPerennial, 2005. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 480 pages. In Stock. Seller Inventory # __0006531636

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 18.05
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.55
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book