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James Callaghan by Kevin Hickson

James Callaghan: An Underrated Prime Minister?

Kevin Hickson

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Imprint: Biteback Publishing
Publisher: Biteback Publishing
Publication date: 28 Nov 2020
ISBN: 9781785906336

This book offers a timely reappraisal of Jim Callaghan's premiership and time as Leader of the Opposition in 1979-80.

3 stars out of 5
Vernon Bogdaner
22 Nov 2020

"the book offers “perspectives” by insiders ... who all give Callaghan the credit for good intentions"

Does this new collective volume, by a mixed bunch of academics and insiders, have anything to add? Not much, must be the honest answer. Morgan’s biography was a solid study, based firmly on the archives. The Cabinet papers for the period have now been freely available for 20 years. Yet the essays on policy in James Callaghan: An Underrated Prime Minister? offer just a few uninteresting scraps from them, and rely mainly on published works by well-known authorities, such as Donoughue and the historian Peter Hennessy. They add little new.