Harold Macmillan, 1957-1986 (Magill's Literary Annual 1990)
This is a second volume of Alistair Horne’s two-volume official biography of Harold Macmillan. It begins with Macmillan’s appointment as prime minister of Great Britain in January, 1957, and appropriately concentrates on this period in his life; eighteen of the twenty chapters are devoted to the years from 1957 to 1963, during which he served as prime minister. The author has made extensive use of Macmillan’s diaries and other unpublished papers, as well as of numerous interviews with his subject, and this material enables him to present a much more comprehensive portrait of Macmillan than has hitherto been available.
Macmillan took office shortly after the 1956 Suez crisis had nearly destroyed the alliance between Britain and the United States. One of the lessons Macmillan learned from the Suez fiasco was that Breton could no longer pursue an independent course of action of this nature without the support of the United States. Although he could not acknowledge this in public for political reasons, in private he believed that the best Britain could hope for would be to have some influence on American policy, much as the ancient Greeks had on Roman policy during the height of the Roman Empire.
Macmillan therefore gave priority to restoring the special relationship with the United States that had existed prior to 1956. This was made easier by the close friendship that he had developed with Dwight Eisenhower during the North African...
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