The Prime Minister by Peter Hennessy
The Office and Its Holders Since 1945

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Analyzing the special chemistry of life in Number 10 Downing Street, Peter Hennessy scrutinizes what the Prime Minister actually does and the way that Cabinet government is run. He draws on unprecedented access to many of the leading politicians and also recently declassified, electrifying archival material. He illuminates Prime Ministerial attitudes towards, and authority over, such topics as nuclear weapons policy, the planning and waging of war, and foreign crises from Suez to the Falklands. He concludes with controversial assessments of each Prime Minister’s performance and outlines a new profile of the premiership for the 4th century.
 

About Peter Hennessy

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Peter Hennessy is an award winning author of numerous books. His most recent is Canada's Big House.
 
Published May 5, 1998 by HarperCollins. 500 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Law & Philosophy, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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The Prime Minister: The Office and its Holders Since 1945 Peter Hennessy 704pp, Allen Lane £25 Buy it at BOL It must be tremendous fun being one of Professor Hennessy's pupils: he is the antithesis of the dry-as-dust academic historian.

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The Guardian

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The Prime Minister: the Office and its Holders since 1945 Peter Hennessy Allen Lane/ Penguin Press £25, pp704 Buy it at BOL 'Have you got a copy of the British constitution?' Woodrow Wyatt wrote to Margaret Thatcher at the height of the Westland crisis.

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Publishers Weekly

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Written by a leading expert on British government (the author of Whitehall and other books), this should become the authoritative administrative history of the postwar British premiership.

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London Review of Books

1 · 4 January 2001 From Ron Haggart My letter about Alexander Hamilton (Letters, 16 November 2000) originally stated that Hamilton would not be eligible for the post of President were he alive today.

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