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The Major Enigma - Penny Junor

Michael Joseph, 1993, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the spine ends and corners with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight.

Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs;

From the cover: “The Major Enigma, is the first biography of the Prime Minister that has been written since the General Election and the first to reveal the truth about a leader who is still misunderstood by many. Penny Junor, author of the acclaimed biography of Margaret Thatcher, has written a fascinating account of the John Major phenomenon, the story of an ordinary man who realized his dream to become Prime Minister.

John Major’s climb to power is an extraordinary story. From humble beginnings in Brixton, with little education and few qualifications, and with no established career behind him, he was selected by Huntingdon at the age of thirty-three and was elected to Parliament in the General Election of 1979. Despite the competition from a bumper intake of talent, John Major rose through the ranks of the party during the Thatcher years with meteoric speed, outstripping his peers and elders.

Based on personal interviews with political colleagues -past and present — friends and foes and with the Prime Minister himself, this book will discover how he made it when all the odds were stacked against him — was it brilliance, luck, cunning or simply the knack of being in the right place at the right time? Described as charismatic by his friends and nakedly ambitious by his enemies, the book reveals what sort of Prime Minister John Major is, how he handles power and how he differs from his predecessor. Penny Junor looks at John Major’s vision for the future of Britain and how he proposes to realize it, and assesses the importance of media presentation to any political leader into the 1990s.

Whatever your views on the Prime Minister, this book reveals with verve and fascinating detail the John Major nobody knows.”


Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 324 pages.
£7.50