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Harold Macmillan’s Memoirs: Winds of Change, 1914-1939; The Blast of War, 1939-1945; Tides of Fortune, 1945-1955; Riding the Storm, 1956-1959; Pointing the Way, 1959-1961; At the End of the Day, 1961-1963.

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Harold Macmillan’s Memoirs: Winds of Change, 1914-1939; The Blast of War, 1939-1945; Tides of Fortune, 1945-1955; Riding the Storm, 1956-1959; Pointing the Way, 1959-1961; At the End of the Day, 1961-1963.

by Macmillan, Harold

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London: Macmillan, 1965-73. First editions of each volume in Harold Macmillan's memoirs, each signed by him. Octavo, six volumes, illustrated. Each volume is signed by Harold MacMillan on the title page. Each are fine in near fine to fine dust jackets. Complete signed sets are rare. Harold Macmillan was a British statesman of the Conservative Party who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1957 to 1963. Nicknamed "Supermac", he was known for his pragmatism, wit and unflappability. Macmillan served in the Grenadier Guards during the First World War. He was wounded three times, most severely in September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. He spent the rest of the war in a military hospital unable to walk, and suffered pain and partial immobility for the rest of his life. After the war Macmillan joined his family business, then entered Parliament in the 1924 General Election, for the northern industrial constituency of Stockton-on-Tees. After losing his seat in 1929, he regained it in 1931, soon after which he spoke out against the high rate of unemployment in Stockton-On-Tees, and against appeasement. Rising to high office during the Second World War as a protege of wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Macmillan then served as Foreign Secretary and Chancellor of the Exchequer under Churchill's successor Sir Anthony Eden. When Eden resigned in 1957 following the Suez Crisis, Macmillan succeeded him as Prime Minister. As a One Nation Tory of the Disraelian tradition, haunted by memories of the Great Depression, he believed in the post-war settlement and the necessity of a mixed economy, championing a Keynesian strategy of public investment to maintain demand and pursuing corporatist policies to develop the domestic market as the engine of growth. Benefiting from favorable international conditions, he presided over an age of affluence, marked by low unemployment and high if uneven growth. In his Bedford speech in July 1957 he told the nation they had 'never had it so good', but warned of the dangers of inflation, summing up the fragile prosperity of the 1950s. The Conservatives were re-elected in 1959 with an increased majority. In international affairs, Macmillan rebuilt the Special Relationship with the United States from the wreckage of the Suez Crisis (of which he had been one of the architects), and redrew the world map by decolonizing sub-Saharan Africa. Reconfiguring the nation's defenses to meet the realities of the nuclear age, he ended National Service, strengthened the nuclear forces by acquiring Polaris, and pioneered the Nuclear Test Ban with the United States and the Soviet Union. Belatedly recognizing the dangers of strategic dependence, he sought a new role for Britain in Europe, but his unwillingness to disclose United States nuclear secrets to France contributed to a French veto of the United Kingdom's entry into the European Economic Community.

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Bookseller’s Inventory #
91420
Title
Harold Macmillan’s Memoirs: Winds of Change, 1914-1939; The Blast of War, 1939-1945; Tides of Fortune, 1945-1955; Riding the Storm, 1956-1959; Pointing the Way, 1959-1961; At the End of the Day, 1961-1963.
Author
Macmillan, Harold
Book condition
second hand
Publisher
Macmillan
Place of Publication
London
Date Published
1965-73
Keywords
first edition, Harold MacMillan First Edition, Memoirs, signed
Bookseller catalogs
Biography and Autobiography;
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