Description - The Benn Diaries by Tony Benn
The Benn Diaries, embracing the years 1940-1990, are already established as a uniquiely authoritative, fascinating and readable record of political life. The selected highlights that form this single volume edition include the most notable events, arguments and personal reflections throughout Benn's long and remarkable career. The narrative starts with Benn as a schoolboy and takes the reader through his youthful wartime experiences as a trainee pilot, his nervous excitement as a new MP during Atlee's premiership and the tribulations of Labour in the 1950's with the Conservatives in firm control. It ends with the Tories again in power, but on the eve of Margaret Thatcher's fall, while Tony Benn is on a mission to Baghdad before the impending Gulf War. Over a span of 50 years, the public and private turmoil in British and world politics is recorded as Benn himself moves from wartime service to become the baby of the House, Cabinet Minister and finally the Commons' most senior Labour Minister.
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Author Biography - Tony Benn
Tony Benn entered the Commons in 1950 and with Ted Heath held the record post-war timespan as an MP. He has held four cabinet posts and has twice contended the leadership of the Labour Party, of which he has also been chairman. He has written over 15 books. Ruth Winstone has edited all volumes of Tony Benn's Diaries and several biographies of political figures. She is associate editor of the Times Guide to the House of Commons; and currently works as a Library Clerk in the Commons.