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The Five Giants [New Edition]

A Biography of the Welfare State

Nicholas Timmins

(author)

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NEW EDITION FOR THE 75th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BEVERIDGE REPORT The classic and entertaining narrative history of the establishment, development and unravelling of the British Welfare State - now fully revised to cover New Labour and Cameron's premiership.
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"a tribute to our better natures"

The Guardian

The Five Giants [New Edition]: A Biography of the Welfare State A01 By (author) N Nicholas Timmins 198 129 53 530 BC Paperback / softback 816 William Collins HarperCollins Publishers London United Kingdom JKSB Welfare & benefit systems JFF Social issues & processes HBTB Social & cultural history 1DBK United Kingdom, Great Britain 1.3 JPP JPA JKSB JBF NHTB Public administration Political science & theory Welfare & benefit systems Social & ethical issues Social & cultural history 1DDU 1DDU United Kingdom, Great Britain United Kingdom, Great Britain NEW EDITION FOR THE 75th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BEVERIDGE REPORT The classic and entertaining narrative history of the establishment, development and unravelling of the British Welfare State - now fully revised to cover New Labour and Cameron's premiership. A TIMES POLITICAL BOOK OF THE YEAR A LONGMAN/HISTORY TODAY BOOK OF THE YEAR The award-winning history of the British Welfare State - now fully revised and updated for the 21st Century. 'A masterpiece' Sunday Times Giant Want. Giant Disease. Giant Ignorance. Giant Squalor. Giant Idleness. These were the Five Giants that loomed over the post-war reconstruction of Britain. The battle against them was fought by five gargantuan programmes that made up the core of the Welfare State: social security, health, education, housing and a policy of full employment. This book brilliantly captures the high hopes of the period in which the Welfare State was created and the cranky zeal of its inventor, William Beveridge, telling the story of how his vision inspired an entire country. The pages of this modern classic hum with the energies and passions of activists, dreamers and ordinary Britons, and seethe with personal vendettas, forced compromises, awkward contradictions, and the noisy rows of the succeeding seventy years. The Five Giants is a testament to a concept of government that is intertwined with so many of our personal histories, and a stark reminder of what we might stand to lose. 'Why make a book that was first published in 1995 one of the political books of the year? Because this third edition of the classic history of the welfare state adds 16 years to the previous account. Anyone who hasn't read Five Giants will want to start at the beginning, particularly for the excellent account of the founding of the NHS. But those with previous editions will find, for instance, the explanation of how the Lansley health reforms went wrong riveting' Danny Finkelstein, The Times 'For years now, old copies of The Five Giants have been changing hands in Westminster for dizzying sums - and for a simple reason. Other books just offer fragments of the story of British government, only this gives you the full picture. I lend my copy to new recruits at The Spectator not as history but as a guide to what they will encounter - and how the same problems keep surfacing again and again. The facts and the figures, the jokes and one-liners, the power and the personality - The Five Giants has it all. It's possible to understand modern Britain without reading this book, but it's just a lot harder (and a lot less fun)' Fraser Nelson, Spectator 'Nicholas Timmins has done something extraordinary: he has made a masterpiece of contemporary history even better. Updated, extended and more relevant than ever, this book is quite simply indispensable' Matthew d'Ancona 'A tour de force - thoroughly researched and vividly written' Sunday Times Between 1996 and 2011, Nicholas was Public Policy Editor at the Financial Times. He has written extensively on public and private health care over the years and has worked with The King's Fund on a number of reports, including the recent Commission on Leadership and Management in the NHS. He was president of the Social Policy Association between 2008-11. 02112017 02 RRP including tax GB GBP 12.99 0.00 12.99 This price includes a tax element GB 20 Available 1 GARD Y

A TIMES POLITICAL BOOK OF THE YEAR
A LONGMAN/HISTORY TODAY BOOK OF THE YEAR

The award-winning history of the British Welfare State -
now fully revised and updated for the 21st Century.

'A masterpiece' Sunday Times

Giant Want. Giant Disease. Giant Ignorance. Giant Squalor. Giant Idleness.

These were the Five Giants that loomed over the post-war reconstruction of Britain. The battle against them was fought by five gargantuan programmes that made up the core of the Welfare State: social security, health, education, housing and a policy of full employment.

This book brilliantly captures the high hopes of the period in which the Welfare State was created and the cranky zeal of its inventor, William Beveridge, telling the story of how his vision inspired an entire country. The pages of this modern classic hum with the energies and passions of activists, dreamers and ordinary Britons, and seethe with personal vendettas, forced compromises, awkward contradictions, and the noisy rows of the succeeding seventy years. The Five Giants is a testament to a concept of government that is intertwined with so many of our personal histories, and a stark reminder of what we might stand to lose.

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Book publisherHarperCollins Publishers
Publication date2 Nov 2017
FormatPaperback
Pages816
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