Gordon Brown’s arrival at the Treasury in May 1997 was greeted with great excitement – not to mention anticipation. Officials of every rank looked on expectantly to see what miracles the chancellor would work. And so, as Master of the New Era, Brown created relationships across every Whitehall department and extended his influence to every aspect of government. He brought into effect the most important budgetary changes of the past decade: the commitment to Private Finance Initiative, which would alter infrastructure from the London Underground to the NHS and state schools; the management of the Inland Revenue; the increase in taxes; and the demise of Britain’s pension funds.
In this gripping and fully updated biography, reissued to coincide with Brown’s assumption of Tony Blair’s mantle, bestselling author Tom Bower documents the rise to power of a driven and complex politician, and exposes how the ambitions of the Labour Party’s leader-in-waiting will affect the country for decades to come.
Reviews of Gordon Brown
‘As a psychological profile, an exploration of personal ambition and a study of political obsession driven by religious angst, this biography is gripping.’ Daily Telegraph
‘Intensively researched but coolly critical…this remains the most thorough biography we have.’ Independent
‘What makes this worth reading is Bower’s damning indictment of Brown’s main boast: his supposedly sure stewardship of the economy.’ The Times
‘A powerful book which poses serious questions.’ James Naughtie
‘Compulsively readable…essential reading.’ Norman Lamont