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Antony Fisher: Champion of Liberty - Gerald Frost

Profile, 2002, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight. A nice copy.

Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “Antony Fisher’s name is not familiar to the world at large, and yet his achievements were both extraordinary and far-reaching. A successful entrepreneur from his twenties, and a Battle of Britain fighter pilot who was decorated for innovation in gunnery training techniques in World War II, he later introduced chicken factory-farming to the UK and made a fortune in the process.

More than Fisher’s commercial success, though, it is his powerful effect on post-war politics that has won him a place in history. His deep-rooted concern with the liberty of the individual, crystallised by a meeting with the free-market thinker Friedrich Hayek (author of The Road to Serfdom), redirected his life. As a result of this meeting, Fisher funded the establishment of the Institute of Economic Affairs, an independent economic think tank that has had enormous influence on public policy and the views of leading politicians, notably Margaret Thatcher. In the words of the Conservative MP Oliver Letwin, writing in The Times in May 1994: ‘Without Fisher, no IEA; without the IEA and its clones, no Thatcher and quite possibly no Reagan; without Reagan, no Star Wars; without Star Wars, no economic collapse of the Soviet Union. Quite a chain of consequences for a chicken farmer’.

By the time Fisher died in 1988 (having lost his fortune in a new turtle-farming venture, and only four weeks after being awarded a knighthood in the Honours List), the IEA and its spin-offs around the world had played a crucial role in changing the direction of post-war politics for ever.

This is both a study of the springs of power and political thought, and a sensitive portrayal of a private family man. The author, who knew Fisher and many of those who worked with him, has produced a fascinating and revealing portrait of a man whose influence extended far beyond his reputation.”


Jacket designed by Bob Eames. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 268 pages.
£11.00