Despite long stretches of Tory government, we still live in a society shaped by the post-war Labour Prime Minister, Clement Atlee. King’s College Professor and prize-winning writer, John Bew, explores the scale of Attlee’s achievement, whose governance oversaw the end of the Empire in India, the foundation of the NHS, Britain’s place in NATO and the nuclear arms race. Citizen Clem reveals a public servant and patriotic socialist whose view of humanity and belief in solidarity was grafted onto the Union Jack.
In conversation with Jason Cowley, Editor, New Statesman
John Bew is a Professor of History and Foreign Policy at the War Studies Department at King’s College London. He is the winner of the 2015 Philip Leverhulme Prize and previously held the Henry Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Library of Congress. John is a contributing writer at the New Statesman and the author of five books, including the critically-acclaimed Realpolitik: A History and Castlereagh: Enlightenment, War & Tyranny, a book of the year in the Wall Street Journal, Spectator, Sunday Telegraph, Total Politics, and BBC Parliament’s Booktalk.