RAB by Anthony Howard
The Life of R.A. Butler

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Richard Austin Butler remains the great enigma of post-war British politics. Independent, indiscreet and never anything but irreverent, Butler commanded the respect of both sides of the Commons and would have been, on several occasions, the people’s choice for premier. From his entry into politics in 1929 to his retirement from that arena in 1965, Butler’s story is also that of British political life through almost four decades. Scarred by his association with the appeasers of Munich, he won the respect of the nation as the architect of the 1944 Education Act. From the viewpoint of these times of Tory wets and dries, Butler appears the victim of the age that divided gentlemen from players. In these pages, one of our most distinguished political journalists offers a revealing portrait of ‘the best Prime Minister we never had’.

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Anthony Howard was born in February 1934, the son of a Church of England clergyman, Canon Guy Howard. He was educated at Purton Stoke School at Kintbury in Berkshire, Highgate School, Westminster and at Christ Church, Oxford.Howard had planned a career as a barrister, having been called to the Bar (Inner Temple) in 1956 while fulfilling his National Service obligations in the army, but he stumbled into his career as a journalist in 1958, starting on Reynolds News as a political correspondent. He married Carol Anne Gaynor, herself a journalist, in 1965.Howard was awarded the CBE in 1997. He died in London in 2010.
Published February 7, 2013 by Bloomsbury Reader. 444 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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