The gripping inside story of the complex and ambitious Chancellor of the Exchequer’s time in power.
Gordon Brown’s arrival at the Treasury in May 1997 was greeted by a stampede–officials of every rank spontaneously rushed to the door to cheer the new incumbent, excited about the change. As Master of the New Era, Brown created a matrix of relationships across every Whitehall department, and extended his influence to every aspect of government activity. He has been behind the most important budgetary decisions of the past decade: the commitment to Private Finance Initiative, which would affect infrastructure from the London Underground to the NHS to state schools; the management of the Inland Revenue; the increase in taxes; and the demise of Britain's pension funds.
In this gripping and fully updated biography, reissued to coincide with Brown’s assumption of Tony Blair’s mantle, best-selling author Tom Bower documents the rise to power of a driven and complex politician, and exposes how the ambitions of the Labour Party’s leader-in-waiting will affect the country for decades to come.
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'Bower does produce several chapters of excellent analysis...' -- Tribune
'Bower is a formidable biographer...a powerful book.' -- The Times
'compulsively readable...essential reading for understanding a puzzling but complex man' -- Evening Standard
'excellent and public-spirited work...admirable on detail.' -- The Spectator
'fascinating insight' -- Financial Times
Tom Bower has a distinguished reputation as an investigative historian, broadcaster and journalist and is the author of several ground-breaking books about tycoons. His most recent works are ‘Conrad and Lady Black’, ‘The Squeeze’ and his biographies of Simon Cowell and Bernie Ecclestone. Among his other much-debated biographies are those of Mohammed Fayed, Richard Branson and Robert Maxwell.
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