Books of the year 2010 | Roy Hattersley

Supermac by DR Thorpe


Harold Macmillan was one of the most complex, and confused, characters ever to occupy 10 Downing Street. In Supermac (Macmillan, £25), D R Thorpe describes both his substantial achievements and his strange personality with clarity and authority. It teaches the reader about politics as well as one politician. I normally hate "political diaries", but I make an exception for Decline and Fall (Profile Books, £20), Chris Mullin's second volume of reminiscences.


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This article first appeared in the 22 November 2010 issue of the New Statesman, Advantage Cameron