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  • Published: 31 August 2013
  • ISBN: 9781409039969
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 896

Edward Heath

A Biography

'John Campbell has produced a thorough, highly readable and relatively objective book that serves, too, as a political history of the quarter century from 1950 to 1975 when Heath was at the forefront of statesmanship. ' Simon Heffer EVENING STANDARD

The son of a carpenter, Edward Heath broke the patrician mould of Tory leaders. He pioneered free enterprise Conservatism ahead of Thatcher. He committed Britain to Europe. With accomplishments outside politics - in music and international sailing - he is the most multi-talented Prime Minister this century. Yet his period in office, which began with such high hopes in June 1970, collapsed in chaos and humiliation after only three-and-a-half years.

In this powerful, bestselling biography, John Campbell shows us a nation undergoing a social and psychological revolution and, at its centre, a man of vision and integrity whose legacy will shape British history for decades to come.

  • Pub date: 31 August 2013
  • ISBN: 9781409039969
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 896

About the Author

John Campbell

John Campbell is the author of many biographies including one of Edward Heath, for which he won the 1994 NCR award, The Iron Lady: Margaret Thatcher, from Grocer's Daughter to Iron Lady and, most recently, Pistols at Dawn: Two Hundred Years of Political Rivalry from Pitt and Fox to Blair and Brown. He is married and lives in Kent.

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Praise for Edward Heath

“It holds the reader from the first page to the last. That - plus the beating of a long-needed historical path through the thickets of the early 1970s - makes it a truly special contribution to contemporary history.”

Peter Hennessy, The Times Educational Supplement

“I do not believe a better biography of Ted Heath will ever be written... We feel we know him.”

Matthew Parris, The Times Literary Supplement

“An outstanding book - over 800 pages and not a word wasted.”

John Bruton, Irish Independent

“Judicious, generous and finely written.”

Ben Pimlott, Independent on Sunday

“John Campbell's massive and highly impressive biography takes us a long way towards understanding this ambiguous but powerful figure [who has] shaped our affairs fundamentally over the past 30 years.”

Kenneth O. Morgan, New Statesman & Society

“The best biography of its subject ever likely to be written.”

Conor Cruise O'Brien, Sunday Independent

“Immensely readable and fascinating”

David Steel

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