Michael Foot remains one of the most compelling and complex politicians of our time. He took part in an astonishing twenty general elections between 1929 and 2005 and played an integral role in the last phase of Old Labour; he was a renowned pamphleteer, the architect of vital trade union legislation, Leader of the House and, for three tormented years, leader of his party. Perhaps more importantly, Foot was a particularly cultured man, a prolific author, whose learning was vital to his political outlook.
Kenneth Morgan's authorised and enthralling biography draws together the many strands of Foot's long and intriguing life: his complex, often turbulent, friendships with his contemporaries, his literacy interests, his relationship with his family and his wife Jill Craigie.
Michael Foot emerges as a fascinating and unique figure: a romantic politician, a civilizing and inspirational force in public and political life for over seventy years.