Published Jan 2010
Denis Healey is one of the most important politicians of the last half-century. If he missed the party leadership and premiership, he was an abler figure than many who held both. Healey’s career runs through the Second World War and the Cold War. He actively shaped Britain’s foreign and internal affairs, being a successful Secretary of State and Chancellor. Inside the Labour Party he fought with Tony Benn for the party’s survival as a national force.
Pearce argues that Healey, a man of intellect and great culture, achieved his high-fetched aims by soldierly qualities such as loyalty, bravery and ambition, by sticking through crises and by being courageous and humorous. Healy had his faults, but this is a full-scale biography of a great man.