Supermac : the life of Harold Macmillan

by Thorpe, D. R.

Format: Print Book 2011
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
Available (1)
Location Collection Call #
CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction DA566.9.M33 T46 2011x
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  DA566.9.M33 T46 2011x
Supermac is a truly important publication, of significance to everyone interested in the history of the 20th century. Packed with new revelations about Macmillan's private life as well as key events including the 'Tolstoy' controversy, the Suez Crisis, You've Never Had It So Good, the Winds of Change and the Profumo Scandal.

Great-grandson of a crofter and son-in-law of a Duke, Harold Macmillan (1894-1986) was both complex as a person and influential as a politician. Marked by terrible experiences in the trenches in the First World War and by his work as an MP during the Depression, he was a Tory rebel - an outspoken backbencher, opposing the economic policies of the 1930s and the appeasement policies of his own government. Churchill gave him responsibility during the Second World War with executive command as 'Viceroy of the Mediterrranean'. After the War, in opposition, Macmillan overhauled the Conservatives on progressive and radical lines; after 1951, in government, he served as Minister of Housing, Defence Secretary, Foreign Secretary and Chancellor of the Exchequer. He became Prime Minister after the Suez Crisis, and between 1957 and 1963 presided over Great Britain's transition from the age of austerity to that of affluence. He also proved himself one of the great publishers of his generation.The culmination of 35 years of research by one of our most respected historians, Supermac gives an unforgettable portrait of a turbulent age. It is a magisterial biography destined to become a classic.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This portrait of Britain's prime minister from 1957 to 1963 has larger themes, like the empire's end, as a backdrop to its main theme, Macmillan's climb to the top of Disraeli's proverbial greasy pole. Thorpe, also a biographer of several of Macmillan's Tory rivals, delves deeply into parliamentary detail and cabinet reshuffles over the course of Macmillan's long House of Commons career. A wounded survivor of WWI, Macmillan faced a bleak future, personally and politically, in 1929, when he was cuckolded by his aristocratic wife and rejected by his working-class constituency. Describing Macmillan's resignation to the affair and regaining of his seat, Thorpe follows him through various posts to which Churchill appointed him during WWII to the early 1950s, arriving, halfway through the book, at Macmillan's royal summons to supreme political office in 1957. The ensuing prime ministerial events, peaking in Macmillan's election in his own right in 1959, include annual budgets, international crises, and the jockeying, precipitated by the Profumo scandal of 1963, to succeed Macmillan. Wherever Whitehall whispers find eavesdroppers, Thorpe's meticulous details will find readers.--Taylor, Gilbert Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Macmillan, Harold, -- 1894-1986.
Prime ministers -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Publishers and publishing -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Publisher London :Pimlico,2011
Other Titles Life of Harold Macmillan
Language English
Notes Reprint. Originally published: London : Chatto & Windus, 2010.
Description xvii, 887 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 635-811) and index.
ISBN 9781844135417 (pbk.)
1844135411 (pbk.)
Other Classic View