The Prime Minister: The Office and Its Holders Since 1945

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Palgrave Macmillan, Oct 5, 2001 - History - 685 pages
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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.

 

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An award-winning scholar of British governing bodies, Hennessy (contemporary history, Queen Mary and Westfield Coll., Univ. of London; Whitehall) argues that the functions and powers of the prime ... Read full review

Contents

The Platonic Idea and the Constitutional Deal
3
Continuity and Cottage Pie
12
The DoubieHeaded Nation
21
The Premiership Before
36
Beyond any Mortal? The Stretching of
53
Premiers War Cabinets
102
Clement Attlee
147
Winston Churchill
178
Edward Heath
331
Harold Wilson 197476
357
James Callaghan 197679
376
Margaret
397
John Major 199097
437
Tony Blair 1997
476
The Inevitability
527
Premiership for
534

Anthony Eden
207
Harold Macmillan
248
Alec DouglasHome 196364
272
Harold Wilson 196470
286
Notes
543
Index
661
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Peter Hennessy is an award winning author of numerous books. His most recent is Canada's Big House.

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