By Tony Benn
He Benn Diaries, embracing the years 1940-1990, are already tested as a uniquely authoritative, attention-grabbing and readable checklist of political lifestyles. the chosen highlights that shape this single-volume version contain the main impressive occasions, arguments and private reflections all through Benn's lengthy and noteworthy occupation as a number one politician.
The narrative begins with Benn as a schoolboy and takes the reader via his younger wartime reports as a trainee pilot within the Royal Air strength, his fearful pleasure as a brand new MP in the course of Clement Atlee's premiership and the tribulations of Labour within the Fifties, while the Conservatives have been in company keep an eye on. It ends with the Tories back in energy, yet at the eve of Margaret Thatcher's fall, whereas Tony Benn is on a undertaking to Baghdad earlier than the upcoming Gulf War.
Over the span of 50 years, the private and non-private turmoil in British and international politics is recorded as Benn himself strikes from wartime provider to turn into the infant of the home, cupboard Minister, and at last the Commons' so much senior Labour Member.