What were the political machinations that kept Neville Chamberlain in office during the 1930s and deliberately kept Winston Churchill out? Burying Caesar takes us into the thick of the battle for control of the Tory party in the 1930s. Winston Churchill and Neville Chamberlain were two giants of the political stage who were the sons of men who had decisively shaped the politics of the previous era. Burying Caesar charts the course plotted by both Churchill and Chamberlain in their ambition to win the greatest prize in British politics, which had eluded both their fathers. Burying Caesar is a gripping account of the mechanisms and motivations that underpin politics in Britain.
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A rivetting account of the rivalry between Neville Chamberlain and Winston Churchill for the leadership of the Conservative Party between 1929 and 1940, an ambition that had eluded their famous fathers, Joseph Chamberlaine and Lord Randolph Churchill, Their rivalry shaped Conservative Party politics throughout the 1930s. In the end it was the 'outsider' Churchill who prevailed over the 'Establishment' Chamberlain. Excluded from the inner leadership after 1929 for his reactionary views over India and the general mistrust in which he was held within the Conservative Party, Churchill's position was transformed by the gathering clouds of war from 1936 onwards, though he avoided outright opposition to Chamberlain until 1938. In the end, however, it was the Labour Party's refusal to serve under anyone other than Churchill as leader of an all-party wartime coalition that brought about his triumph over a hostile and resentful Chamberlain - dominated Conservative Party. This epic and momentous struggle is brilliantly and evocatively documented by the author in a triumphant first book. A 'must' for anyone interested in the politics of the period. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Graham Stewart
Graham Stewart studied Modern History at St Andrews University before going up to St Johns College, Cambridge. He was Alan Clark's researcher on THE TORIES: THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY AND THE NATION STATE 1922-1997. He published his first book, BURYING CAESAR, study of Churchill and Chamberlain and British politics of the 1930s, in 1999 to rave reviews. He has also worked as a leader writer on The Times.