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Citizen Clem: A Biography of Attlee: Winner of the Orwell Prize Hardcover – 2016
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As well as achieving far-reaching innovations in social welfare and health care (the creation of the NHS in 1948) and in other areas Attlee's government presided over the independence of India, Ceylon and other colonies and participated in the beginnings of a new post-war international order.
Bew's main interest is the politics, as it should be, but he also provides an affectionate portrait of Attlee and his family and is especially good on the influence of his rather conventional bourgeois upbringing in shaping the beliefs and character of a great Labour leader. It is also clearly the case that Attlee's WW1 experience, when he was wounded three times and rose to rank of Major, was influential in several ways: it shaped his close if sometimes fractious relationship with Churchill, it led him to a reasoned but deep sense of patriotic responsibility, and ultimately drove his commitment to seek global forms of cooperation, in the nuclear age, which would prevent future wars.
Incidentally, Attlee was, as far as I know, the only PM whose initial career was in social work, a fact which the profession, of which I was a member, could possibly make more of! Dave Willow