Has the most successful species in British political history finally become extinct? The Conservative party dominated British politics for 120 years from Disraeli's victory in 1874, culminating in an unprecedented eighteen-year spell in government after 1979. And yet at the very end of the century the Tories imploded so disastrously as to suggest the party might be doomed to follow the Liberals into oblivion.
Geoffrey Wheatcroft has observed this extraordinary drama at close hand, interviewing all the key players on (and, more often, off) the record. In this provocative and often acerbically funny book he examines how the Tories came to enjoy their unlikely triumph - and their spectacular decline.
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'Thoroughly enjoyable...we get all the gossip: the bitterness, rancour and contumely, and there are several smoking guns’ -- Rod Liddle, Sunday Times
‘A rattling good read’ -- Spectator
‘Every page of this book is a firework party, full of great sparks and explosions' -- Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday
‘Immensely readable and sardonic … one puts the book down chuckling, as well as feeling wiser’ -- Peregrine Worsthorne, New Statesman
‘Rarely has a wake proved so much fun' -- Sunday Times
Geoffrey Wheatcroft contributes regularly to a variety of newspapers and journals including the Guardian, the Spectator, the TLS, The New York Times and the Atlantic Monthly. He is the author of several books, including The Randlords, The Controversy of Zion and Le Tour.
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Book Description Penguin UK, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New item. Bookseller Inventory # QX-007-47-9815109
Book Description Penguin UK, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 141018674