Clement Attlee bore little resemblance to the contemporary politician. He had no time for the things that are now the stock-in-trade of all serious aspirants for high office: image and public relations. Attlee was so apparently unconcerned with presentation that …
Robert Crowcroft is Lecturer in Contemporary History at the University of Edinburgh. A specialist in modern British politics, he is the author of Attlee's War: World War II and the Making of a Labour Leader, published by I.B. Tauris in 2011. He is also the editor of the latest editions of The Oxford Companion to British History and A Dictionary of British History, both forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2015.
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