Bevan (Life&Times series)

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Aneurin Nye Bevan (1897-1960) was the man who created the National Health Service, the crowning achievement of post-second-world-war Labor government. The son of a miner from Monmouthshire, Wales, he became a local trade union leader at only 19, and won a scholarship to the Central Labour College in London. In 1929, he was elected a Labour MP. Bevan believed that the war was Britain’s opportunity to create a new society, a position he maintained throughout the war. When the war ended, in 1945, the landslide Labor victory gave him the chance to help create it.

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Francis Beckett’s ten books include acclaimed biographies of three earlier premiers - Clement Attlee, Harold Macmillan and Tony Blair. His Clem Attlee, which has been reissued this year, is now the standard work on this most radical of all Labour’s premiers. Beckett was also the commissioning editor of Haus Publishing’s critically acclaimed series The 20 Prime Ministers of the 20th Century published in October 2006.

Clare Beckett teaches social policy at Bradford University, where she also conducts research on sexuality and identity and on social policy and communities. She approaches the life of Margaret Thatcher from two distinct standpoints: from that of a social policy expert, looking at Thatcher's huge impact on British social policy; and from the standpoint of a writer about gender and feminism, the meaning and effect of the only female British Prime Minister.

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'Clare and Francis Beckett have written a short, thoroughly readable and affordable introduction to Bevan's life and politics.' -- Keith Flett Socialist Review 200508

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