Best for Britain?

Pages: 304
Imprint: Oneworld

Best for Britain?

Simon Lee

In this fascinating biography, Simon Lee systematically examines Brown's politics over the last decade of labour power, and assesses his likely impact as British Prime Minister.
Hardback
9781851685370 (27 Sep 2007)
RRP £16.99 / US$29.95

The Book

From Iraq to climate change, tax to the Anglo-American "special relationship", Best For Britain? Critically examines Brown's political and economic record as Chancellor, and deftly assesses his likely impact as leader of Great Britain. Asking why a Scottish Prime Minister should be able to determine education and health policy for England, and not for his own constituency in Scotland, Lee poses provocative constitutional questions, and explores the truth behind Brown's reputation as an authoritarian leader.





The only biography currently available to include material from Brown's premiership, Lee traces Brown's thought and politics from his roots as impassioned socialist and reveals that now, as a pragmatic liberal, Gordon Brown's intellectual heroes bear a startling similarity to those of Margaret Thatcher. Incisive and compelling, Lee's searching examination of Britain's most important politician will prove invaluable to anyone interested in contemporary politics.

Additional Information

Pages 304
Imprint Oneworld

 

About the Author

Simon Lee is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the Department of Politics and International Studies, Hull University, where he is also a Director of the Centre for Democratic Governance. He is an expert on Gordon Brown, and has written numerous articles about his politics and ideas for a wide variety of scholarly journals and newspapers, as well as appearing as a political commentator on the subject for national radio.

Reviews

"An outstanding book. Few writers are able to combine their academic abilities with such an understanding of the framework of political issues and culture as does Simon Lee. The result is a volume that will become the Bible for understanding the Brown premiership and wider British politics."

- The Spectator

"Brilliantly dissects Brown the intellectual and exposes the cynicism and dishonesty behind the Prime Minister's ‘British Way'. An explosive political tract." Peter Oborne

- openDemocracy

"Up to the minute. Lee has the nose for coming trouble. Acute in pointing to the problems Brown faces."

- The Times Higher Educational Supplement

"Few writers are able to combine their academic abilities with such an understanding of the framework of political issues and culture as does Simon Lee. The result is a volume that will become the Bible for understanding the Brown premiership and wider British politics." " An outstanding book" Frank Field MP

- The Spectator

"Gordon Brown is an intensely private man, but this biography reveals much about the person inside the politician."

- The Good Book Guide

"Lee has long been the most challenging thinker on Brown from within liberal academia…A book I never tire of praising."

- New Statesman