John Bew teaches History and Foreign Policy at the War Studies Department at King's College London. He was the winner of the 2015 Philip Leverhulme Prize for outstanding achievement in Politics and International Studies and previously held the Henry Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Library of Congress in Washington DC. John is a contributing writer at the New Statesman and the author of five books, including the critically-acclaimed Realpolitik: A History and Castlereagh. He was born in Belfast, educated at Cambridge, and lives in Wimbledon, London.
We need another Attlee more than ever. In the absence of which, we have Bew's brilliant book - ProspectThis book is a rare beast - political biography at its finest, yet one that is deeply moving - Times Higher Education SupplementHe has written with verve and confidence a first-rate life of a man whom he correctly argues has been under-appreciated. What a life, and what a man - The TimesFascinating . . . He writes with flair and considerable intellectual confidence - Financial TimesExceptional . . . The brilliant young historian John Bew urges Labour to recapture something of the ethos of the Attlee period - TelegraphBoth a magnificent renewal of the art of political biography and a monument to the greatest leader the Labour party has ever had - Judge of the Orwell PrizeWill become required reading for the present-day Labour party - ObserverA masterful portrait of a man who arguably did more than any other UK politician to shape the postwar world - New Statesman