Optimist in a Raincoat

Optimist in a Raincoat : Harold Wilson 1964-70

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Harold Wilson remains one of the most controversial of post-war British Prime Ministers. There has been no serious study of Wilson's first term in office - now possible because of the opening up of sources at the National Archives and the private papers of Wilson, James Callaghan and George Brown. Wilson's reputation is darkened by accusations that he had little strategic commitment to any cause, although he was a tactically brilliant politician. Yet Wilson was Prime Minister four times and presided over tumultuous changes. This study shows Wilson at the peak of his powers, from the optimistic 'new JFK' days, of 1964, to the realisation, by 1970, that Britain was a nation struggling to come to terms with its shrinking influence in the world.show more

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  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 156 x 234mm | 454g
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0752479547
  • 9780752479545
  • 1,040,424

About Thomas Hennessey

Thomas Hennessey is a reader in History at Canterbury Christ Church University. He studied for his PhD at The Queen's University, Belfast. From 1997-98 he was an advisor to the Right Honorable David (now Lord) Trimble, then leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, during the negotiation of the Good Friday Agreement. He is the author of six books, including "Spooks: The Unofficial History of MI5" and "A History of Northern Ireland 1920-1996."show more