Citizen Clem: A Biography of Attlee: Winner of the Orwell Prize

August 9, 2019 - Comment

**WINNER OF THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL WRITING****WINNER OF THE ELIZABETH LONGFORD PRIZE FOR HISTORICAL BIOGRAPHY***Book of the year: The Times, Sunday Times, New Statesman, Spectator, Evening Standard*’Outstanding . . . We still live in the society that was shaped by Clement Attlee’ Robert Harris, Sunday Times’The best book in the field of British politics’

**WINNER OF THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL WRITING****WINNER OF THE ELIZABETH LONGFORD PRIZE FOR HISTORICAL BIOGRAPHY***Book of the year: The Times, Sunday Times, New Statesman, Spectator, Evening Standard*’Outstanding . . . We still live in the society that was shaped by Clement Attlee’ Robert Harris, Sunday Times’The best book in the field of British politics’ Philip Collins, The Times’Easily the best single-volume, cradle-to-grave life of Clement Attlee yet written’ Andrew Roberts

Clement Attlee was the Labour prime minister who presided over Britain’s radical postwar government, delivering the end of the Empire in India, the foundation of the NHS and Britain’s place in NATO. Called ‘a sheep in sheep’s clothing’, his reputation has long been that of an unassuming character in the shadow of Churchill. But as John Bew’s revelatory biography shows, Attlee was not only a hero of his age, but an emblem of it; and his life tells the story of how Britain changed over the twentieth century.

Here, Bew pierces Attlee’s reticence to examine the intellect and beliefs of Britain’s greatest – and least appreciated – peacetime prime minister. This edition includes a new preface by the author in response to the 2017 general election.

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Anonymous says:

The Sheep that Roared Clement Attlee over the years, not only since his death in 1967, but also throughout his life time has been underappreciated, even by his own biographers, who either damned him with faint praise, or attacked his record, or the person ‘a sheep in sheep’s clothing’. The Labour Party itself has always had an ambiguous relationship with Attlee, despite the great electoral and legislative successes he presided over. Frank Field MP rightly stated in 2009 that the political class in Britain ‘have a…

Anonymous says:

How to write a biography One of the best biography books that I have read . Clement Attlee has to be classed as the FINEST peacetime Prime Minister our country has ever had . John Bew, paints a picture of a great but humble man, a man who re- built our country from the ashes of the 2nd.world war,when the United Kingdom was flat broke. Every P.M. since 1951 is left trailing in his shadow, John Bew has produced a classic with this one.

Anonymous says:

A popular PM not a mere “populist”! Coming to this after all its stellar reviews may seem redundant,but as an historian tho’ with no expertise on this topic and not a great fan of biographies,nevertheless I thought this book was excellent. Readable,well written with a good balance of personal detail and critical analysis of a man who modestly made more contributions to the well being of British citizens than any other PM in the 20th.C. and had more sense of civic responsibility than any of his second rate successors,none of whom…

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