George Osborne by Janan Ganesh
Austerity Chancellor

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Ganesh has produced an important biography of a man who is the deputy prime minister in all but name.
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"Ganesh's dissection of what has driven the intellectual and political revival of the Tories is forensic and incisive."- Anne McElvoy, Mail on Sunday"A lively account of the Chancellor's career ... contains a great deal of fascinating new information."- Peter Oborne, Daily Telegraph George Osborne is the most controversial Chancellor of the Exchequer since the Second World War. His austere policies have incited international debate, and his political influence over the government provokes resentment. He is also a survivor with an eye on the premiership. Having authored the most hated Budget of recent times, he now presides over a recovering economy.This is the story of Osborne's breathless ascent to power: a journey driven by luck, guile, resilience, daring and ferocious ambition. As a back-room adviser, MP and Cabinet member, he has enjoyed a starring role or front-row seat at all the Tory dramas since the fall of Thatcher and the dog days of the Major government, from the party's long years in opposition to its eventual and incomplete resurrection. Yet rarely have voters known so little about a politician with such sway over their lives and livelihoods.Fully updated to include Osborne's role in the economic recovery, his appointment of Mark Carney as Governor of the Bank of England, and his prospects as a future Prime Minister, this biography makes sense of a man who is both a personal enigma and a political machine. Based on exhaustive research and access to the innermost parts of the government, it tells the story of George Osborne and the era he has helped to shape.
 

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JANAN GANESH is political columnist for the" Financial Times". He has previously written for "The Economist".
 
Published September 24, 2012 by Biteback Publishing. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Business & Economics, History, Travel. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Chris Mullin on Sep 27 2014

...Ganesh fails to document how Osborne and his pals, with help from their friends in the media, set about pretending that the crisis of 2008 was a purely British phenomenon for which Gordon Brown was solely or mainly to blame.

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Reviewed by Michael Ashcroft on Oct 26 2012

Ganesh has produced an important biography of a man who is the deputy prime minister in all but name.

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