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Publishers' blurb

From his birth at the height of the Victorian Empire, Harold Macmillan has been involved in the great events of the century, playing an increasingly important role. For the first time the unrivalled compass of his career is celebrated in a pictorial record.

The book describes his childhood; his youth at Eton and Oxford; his distinguished service in the Grenadier Guards in the First World War; and his election to Parliament in 1924 as member for Stockton-on-Tees.

Harold Macmillan's great contribution as Churchill's Minister Resident in North Africa and the Mediterranean in the Second World War, and his successes and failures as a Cabinet minister until he finally became Prime Minister in 1957, are also chronicled in this book. So too are his relations with parliamentary colleagues such as Churchill, Eden, Butler and Home, and his dealings with world leaders like Eisenhower, Kennedy, Khrushchev and De Gaulle.

However, that is to a large extent merely the public face. This book also unveils the private face, for the photographs represent a personal selection from his own archives. It is as if the reader were leafing through a family album


Contemporary Review

The Economist

"It combines Dudley Edwards's ability as a gifted historian with her skill as a journalist to produce a hugely important and authoritative book that reads as compulsively as a thriller."
John Spain, Irish Independent

"A hurtling journey, often hilarious and sometimes monstrous, through newspapers, class, politics and sex; not just the double biography of two extraordinary men, but a sideways history of Britain in the fifties and sixties"
Andrew Marr

"The depth of her learning and the breadth of her sympathy, make this a compelling book, the product of genuine free thinking and spare, fine writing. Few books published this year will have the charm, learning, wisdom and humanity of The Faithful Tribe"
The Times

This is the help-manual I longed for when I was a young student of Irish history but eventually had to write myself. It’s still the reference book I use most often.’ 
Ruth Dudley Edwards


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