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By Michael Foot

Publish yr note: First released in 1962

Michael Foot's two-volume biography of Aneurin 'Nye' Bevan (1897-1960) - arguably Britain's maximum socialist, indelibly linked to the founding of the nationwide wellbeing and fitness carrier, - is without doubt one of the significant political biographies of the final century. it's the lifetime of an inspirational flesh presser, written through one that knew and unabashedly fashionable him.

Volume I, first released in 1962, describes Bevan's existence from his beginning in Tredegar within the South Wales Valleys, via his abortive education, his employment at a colliery and the next embody of socialism that may make him a pace-setter between South Wales miners. It follows his route to the home of Commons as a Labour MP with a fast-rising attractiveness as a defender of the operating classification; and his marriage in 1934 to fellow firebrand MP Jennie Lee. the amount closes with Labour's landslide election victory of 1945, and Bevan's appointment as Minister of Health.

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