From Bevan to Blair

From Bevan to Blair : Fifty Years Reporting from the Political Frontline

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'All through these momentous years in Labour history, indeed British history, Geoffrey Goodman has had a special ringside seat ...We all knew he had the best story to tell, and here it is. It is a triumph of character as much as journalistic skill. Everyone who had the good luck to be friendly with Geoffrey and his family, soon discovered that he was never just serving himself. He truly honoured the highest ideals of the Labour movement he had chosen to serve.' Michael Foot 'What Geoffrey Goodman doesn't know about political journalism didn't happen. This fascinating book takes us through the pass door to the corridors of power.' Keith Waterhouse For more than half a century Geoffrey Goodman was one of Fleet Street's foremost political and industrial reporters. This book is his record of what it was like to work at the heart of British politics. Taking us through the years that followed the end of World War II right up to today, he offers a compelling story of the characters and events that shaped British political history. Goodman's unique portraits include many of the political giants of the twentieth century. As a close friend of the great socialist Aneurin Bevan, he is able to reveal the philosophy and drive of the man who could have been Premier. Goodman also offers a behind-the-scenes account of Labour Prime Ministers Harold Wilson and James Callaghan, whom he worked with, and brings to light new reasons why Wilson suspected the security agencies of trying to destabilise his government. Other portraits include Michael Foot, Harold Macmillan, Edward Heath, Willie Whitelaw, Margaret Thatcher, Rupert Murdoch and Hugh Cudlipp. Then there is the still untold story of the life and bizarre death of Goodman's former boss Robert Maxwell -- was he murdered? Goodman provides convincing answers. Geoffrey Goodman has been a journalist all his working life. When he retired from the Daily Mirror he launched the British Journalism Review -- a quarterly magazine that has now an established reputation as one of the most authoritative of all media journals. This book brings to life a political period which has shaped all our current experiences. It will be of interest to anyone who wants an insider's account of great characters in British political history, and in particular to the evolution of the Labour party over the course of the twentieth century.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 296 pages
  • 136.1 x 220 x 20.6mm | 480.82g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 074532178X
  • 9780745321783
  • 2,172,370

About Geoffrey Goodman

Geoffrey Goodman has been a journalist all his working life on a range of newspapers which include The Manchester Guardian, The Daily Herald and The Daily Mirror. He was a member of the last Royal Commission on the Press and is the winner of several national press awards including the Gerald Barry award for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism. He has been editor of British Journalism Review since 1989 and currently works as a presentator and commentator for various news and current affairs programmes. His published work includes The awkward warrior : Frank Cousins, his life and times, (1979) and The miners' strike, (1985).He was appointed CBE for services to journalism in 1998.show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Preface 1. 1945: Footsteps in the dark 2. Early life: Buttonholes and cornerstones 3. The 1930s: The devil's decade 4. The war years: My university of life 5. Postwar world: Civvy street, Fleet Street 6. Aneurin Bevan: From NHS to The Bomb 7. The 1960s: Postwar interregnum 8. Harold Wilson: White heat and The Sun 9. In place of courage: Journalism in decline? 10. The long march: Dropping in on China in the Cultural Revolution 11. Prepare for revolution: In Britain? 12. 1973-4: For all our tomorrows 13. Inside the Whale: A journalist in Whitehall 14. Jim Callaghan takes over: 'Too late at 64'? 15. Return of the Native: Back to the Mirror 16. A nation in discontent: Nothing at the end of the rainbow 17. 1979: The curtain falls, enter Margaret Thatcher 18. Maxwelliana: Cap'n Bob and his slippery decks 19. Conclusion: A funny old world References Indexshow more

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