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Aneurin Bevan and the Mirage of British Socialism
Aneurin Bevan and the Mirage of British Socialism
By John Campbell
Norton, 1987, 417 pp

The son of a Welsh miner (and, for a short time, a miner himself), Bevan became one of the great figures of Westminster, for a long time a hero of the socialist left and the favorite bogeyman of the Tories. A political biography of an attractive and able man, a fervent socialist and architect of the National Health Service, whose life, Campbell argues, "was essentially a failure" because he "misread the trend of history." But he left his mark on British politics; as an orator he was often thought to be Churchill's only equal.