The Five Giants [new Edition] by Nicholas TimminsThe Five Giants [new Edition] by Nicholas Timmins

The Five Giants [new Edition]

byNicholas Timmins

Paperback | December 19, 2017

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A TIMES POLITICAL BOOK OF THE YEARA LONGMAN/HISTORY TODAY BOOK OF THE YEARThe award-winning history of the British Welfare State -now fully revised and updated for the 21st Century.'A masterpiece' Sunday TimesGiant 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.
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 Associati...
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Title:The Five Giants [new Edition]Format:PaperbackDimensions:816 pagesPublished:December 19, 2017Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:000733513X

ISBN - 13:9780007335138

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'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