Edward Heath: The Authorised Biography (Paperback)
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Edward Heath: The Authorised Biography (Paperback)

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Paperback 576 Pages / Published: 15/09/2011
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The magisterial official life of Britain's complex and misunderstood former prime minister, which offers a fundamental reassessment of his reputation.

Edward Heath arguably changed the lives of the British people more than any prime minister since Winston Churchill. By securing Britain's entry into Europe he reversed almost a thousand years of history and embarked on a course that would lead to the legal, political, economic and social transformation of this country. By abolishing the Resale Price Maintenance he cleared the way for the all-conquering march of the supermarket and revolutionised every high street in the country. He forced through both reforms by a combination of determination, patience and persuasive powers, against the inertia or active hostility of a large part of the British population, including many in his own party.

Yet Heath today is a largely forgotten figure, completely eclipsed by his more famous successor. His working class origins and suspect accent made him an unlikely Tory leader. But he was a trail-blazer, and without him it is unlikely that Mrs Thatcher would ever have risen to prominence.

With exclusive access to the huge collection of Heath's personal papers, distinguished biographer Philip Ziegler reassesses the contribution of one of the most resolute and forceful politicians in recent British history.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007247417
Number of pages: 576
Weight: 480 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 40 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

`Written with the style, grace and polish that one has come to expect from Ziegler...the great strength of the book lies in its grasp of Heath's psychology and of the psychology of political leadership.' Times Literary Supplement

`The best biography of the year was Philip Ziegler's rather straight-faced life of Edward Heath.' Spectator

'The finest political biography of the year was Philip Ziegler's meticulous and beautifully written Edward Heath, which got beneath the skin of sometimes perverse, often pompous and always enigmatic prime minister' Rod Liddle, Sunday Times

`The non-fiction book I enjoyed most this year was Philip Ziegler's masterly biography of Edward Heath.' Antonia Fraser, Daily Telegraph

`[An] elegant, compelling and devastating study' Sunday Times

`Philip Ziegler has produced a convincing account of Ted Heath's defeat at history's hands...anyone who is interested in British politics, or in the demeaning weaknesses of almost-great men, will find it a compelling read' Wall Street Journal

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“Aloof on the Ocean Wave”

By no sense or usage of the term could Edward Heath be considered a gay man. He set a standard for Prime Ministerial grumpiness which in our time has been surpassed only by Gordon Brown. Not that Heath ever hurled... More

Hardback edition
20th January 2011
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“Aloof on the Ocean Wave”

By no sense or usage of the term could Edward Heath be considered a gay man. He set a standard for Prime Ministerial grumpiness which in our time has been surpassed only by Gordon Brown. Not that Heath ever hurled... More

Paperback edition
20th August 2011
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