Gordon Brown will be a busy man this summer promoting his new book Courage: Eight Portraits and running the country. However, he recently stated that he'll make time this summer to read the last installment of JK's Harry Potter books, Al Gore's The Assault on Reason and Thomas Keneally's The Widow and Her Hero.

Want to know more about the man? Here is an impressive selection of books written by and about Gordon Brown.

Courage: Eight Portraits

Gordon Brown

Courage: Eight Portraits

What is it that makes some men and women take difficult decisions and do the right thing against the odds when easier and far less dangerous alternatives are open to them? Why is it that some people - like the undercover heroes working for SOE in Occupied France or the passengers of the United 93 flight on 9/11 - have the courage to dare? To answer these questions, Gordon Brown explores the lives of eight outstanding twentieth-century figures.

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Gordon Brown: Past, Present and Future

Francis Beckett

Gordon Brown: Past, Present and Future

What sort of a man is Gordon Brown? What kind of Prime Minister will he make? Can he stem the growing unpopularity of the Labour Party and win it a fourth term in office? This book, written in the first three months of the year in which Brown becomes Prime Minister, is both a biography and an assessment. Francis Beckett interviewed several of Brown's closest political collaborators, and had a background briefing from Brown himself.

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Gordon Brown

Tom Bower

Gordon Brown

In this gripping biography, best-selling author Tom Bower documents the rise to power of a driven and complex politician, exposing both widley-suspected and little-known conflicts within government and exploring how the repercussions of Brown's ambitions will affect the country for decades to come.

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Brown's Britain

Robert Peston

Brown's Britain

When Gordon Brown reluctantly stepped aside in the race for the Labour leadership in 1994, he entered into a fragile, turbulent but hugely successful political marriage. In return for the keys to Number 10, Tony Blair was forced to cede almost complete control over the domestic agenda to his Chancellor. In Brown's Britain, award-winning journalist Robert Peston explains for the first time the REAL nature of the relationship between Blair and Brown.

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The Blair Years

Alastair Campbell

The Blair Years

The Blair Years is the most compelling and revealing account of contemporary politics you will ever read. Taken from Alastair Campbell's daily diaries, it charts the rise of New Labour and the tumultuous years of Tony Blair's leadership, providing the first important record of a remarkable decade in our national life. Here are the defining events of our time, from Labour's new dawn to the war on terror, from the death of Diana to negotiations for peace in Northern Ireland, from Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq, through to the Hutton Inquiry of 2003, the year Campbell resigned his position at No 10.

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A History of Modern Britain

Andrew Marr

A History of Modern Britain

A History of Modern Britain confronts head-on the victory of shopping over politics. It tells the story of how the great political visions of New Jerusalem or a second Elizabethan Age, rival idealisms, came to be defeated by a culture of consumerism, celebrity and self-gratification. In each decade, political leaders thought they knew what they were doing, but find themselves confounded. Every time, the British people turn out to be stroppier and harder to herd than predicted.

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