George Lansbury: At the Heart of Old Labour

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In this major new biography, John Shepherd draws on an impressive range of research in Britain, Australia, and the USA to reconstruct the life of George Lansbury, a charismatic Labour pioneer, and to estimate his importance in British politics. As Labour leader, Lansbury was known universally as a committed socialist an implacable opponent of capitalism and imperialism. He never sought personal wealth, travelled everywhere by public transport and made his home in impoverished East London. His final years were spent in a tireless international peace crusade to prevent world war.

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John Shepherd is a Senior Research Associate, Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge.

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`Review from previous edition the outcome of an impressive range of research from across the globe.'
Cambridge Evening News

`This biography is a solid and detailed work, clearly and competently written.'
Contemporary Review

`The best modern biography ever of a Labour leader.'
Michael Foot, The Guardian

`Excellent, well researched, thoroughly indexed biography ... Shepherd's magnum opus is a service to us all. Lansbury's story needs telling today more than ever.'
The Anglican Peacemaker

`[An] enthusiastic and wholesome biography ... A book as meticulous as it is generous ... Lansbury ... has been the only Labour Party leader to lack a definitive biography. Shepherd has now provided one, and in it describes wonderfully well the world Old Labour made and New Labour has lost.'
London Review of Books

`Lansbury's is one of the most diverse and fascinating odysseys in Labour history ... Shepherd's admirable new biography now becomes the standard life ... Shepherd writes accessibly, his documentation is full and impressive, and he sketches in the background to each issue with fine judgement.
Lansbury is always put in context, yet the life is never in danger of being swamped by the time.'
History Today

`A scholarly and readable biography ... John Shepherd is to be commended for drawing on fresh sources and providing new insights by examining the whole man.'
Social History Society Bulletin

`A detailed, absorbing, meticulously researched biography of a great Englishman who stood out as an admirable, selfless personality in late 19th century and 20th century British politics ... captures an infectious inspiration of an inspiring man.'
Day By Day

`Splendid biography, scholarly yet profoundly moving.'
The Independent

`[Lansbury's] story deserves to be told and John Shepherd does it magnificently.'
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