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- Publisher: HarperPerennial
- Format: Paperback | 528 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 197mm x 45mm | 430g
- Publication date: 4 June 2007
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 000725962X
- ISBN 13: 9780007259625
- Edition: Revised
- Edition statement: Revised edition
- Sales rank: 536,455
The gripping inside story of Gordon Brown's rise to become Prime Minister. Gordon Brown's arrival at the Treasury in May 1997 was greeted with great excitement - not to mention anticipation. Officials of every rank looked on expectantly to see what miracles the chancellor would work. And so, as Master of the New Era, Brown created relationships across every Whitehall department and extended his influence to every aspect of government. He brought into effect the most important budgetary changes of the past decade: the commitment to Private Finance Initiative, which altered infrastructure from the London Underground to the NHS and state schools; the management of the Inland Revenue; the increase in taxes; and the demise of Britain's pension funds. In this gripping and fully updated biography, reissued to coincide with Brown's assumption of Tony Blair's mantle, best-selling author Tom Bower documents the rise to power of a driven and complex politician, and exposes how the ambitions of the Labour Party's leader-in-waiting will affect the country for decades to come.
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Tom Bower has a distinguished reputation as an investigative historian, broadcaster and journalist and is the author of several ground-breaking books about tycoons. His most recent works are 'Conrad and Lady Black', 'The Squeeze' and his biographies of Simon Cowell and Bernie Ecclestone. Among his other much-debated biographies are those of Mohammed Fayed, Richard Branson and Robert Maxwell.
'As a psychological profile, an exploration of personal ambition and a study of political obsession driven by religious angst, this biography is gripping.' Daily Telegraph 'Intensively researched but coolly critical...this remains the most thorough biography we have.' Independent 'What makes this worth reading is Bower's damning indictment of Brown's main boast: his supposedly sure stewardship of the economy.' The Times 'A powerful book which poses serious questions.' James Naughtie 'Compulsively readable...essential reading.' Norman Lamont