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The best and most comprehensive account of British politics immediately before, during, and immediately after the Second World War. GUARDIAN

The war years witnessed a radical shift in political power, expressed in Labour's decisive electoral victory victory in 1945. In his classic study - now revised - Paul Addison traces this sea-change back to the Thirties and powerfully recaptures the spirit of post-war reconstruction. 'It tells with wit, scholarship and imagination how the British people entered the Promised Land - or seemed to' OBSERVER 'This is a landmark in the writing of contemporary history and deserves wide acclaim' TLS

Reviews

'The best and most comprehensive account of British politics immediately before, during, and immediately after the Second World War

Guardian

What I find most striking is the beauty of his prose, the force of his argument, and the awesome and painstaking research that underpins it. Although I still do not agree with him, it is one hell of an achievement, and one that has not been matched since

Harriet Jones, Times Education Supplement

This is a landmark in the writing of contemporary history and deserves wide acclaim

Times Literary Supplement

Many books have been written about the Home Front. Few have dealt with the development of policies at the top. Addison's book fills the gap magnificently. It tells with wit, scholarship and imagination how the British people entered the Promised Land - or seemed to

A.J.P. Taylor, Observer

This is a brilliant book. It is probably the most intelligent monograph on a recent period of British politics

John Vincet, New Society

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780712659321

    February 15, 1994

    Pimlico

    368 pages

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    9781446424216

    May 31, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    368 pages

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