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Would you consider the audio edition of Citizen Clem to be better than the print version?
it is wonderful to finally have an unabridged edition of this amazing biography. I enjoyed the audio edition better.
What did you like best about this story?
to learn about the life of one of the most important political leaders in this nations history. the monumental achievements as well as the failures of Attlee.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
Learning about the way in which labour would not serve under Neville Chamberlain and how Attlee supported Churchill.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
seeing how Attlee's experience of social work in the east end of London changed him and how he began to view social conditions in a new way.
Any additional comments?
This is an amazing biography and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in politics and/or history.
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It is widely accepted that the 1945 Labour government was responsible for some of the most significant changes in Britain of the last 100 years. However, the character and contribution of the prime minister of the day in helping to bring about these changes is less appreciated that it should be, argues Bew. Attlee, a man of slight build, and someone whose reserve and shyness did not help his cause, was regularly dismissed by opposition and party colleagues alike – the famous quip by Churchill of a “sheep in sheep’s clothing.” And yet, he led the Labour movement for over twenty years; and even after the electoral defeats of 1951 (when Labour still received the largest share of the popular vote) and 1954, he remained the party’s biggest electoral asset.
As a counterpoint to the current political world, the politics of Clem Attlee (citizenship, patriotism and ethical socialism) and the character of the man himself are rightly given voice in this excellent short biography.
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