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Like the Roman: The Life of Enoch Powell

Like the Roman: The Life of Enoch Powell
By Simon Heffer

A definitive biography of this 20th century icon of Tory and Unionist politics. Laid to rest in Westminster Abbey in 1998, Powell was a classical and Biblical scholar, and for 10 years warden of St. Margaret's Church, near the House of Commons.

Publisher's Description:

Enoch Powell was one of the most loved - and hated - politicians of the twentieth century. His death was treated like that of an ex-Prime Minister. But this was a man who, largely through his own quixotry, sat in the Cabinet for just fifteen months during a parliamentary career of thirty-seven years.

This was the politician who proclaimed, twenty years before Margaret Thatcher, what came to be seen as the principles of Thatcherism. Yet to see Powell in this context is just to skim the surface. Besides his other political acts he was a Professor of Greek at the ago of twenty-five, brigadier at the age of thirty-two, a poet, biblical scholar and devoted family man. His was a life whose range and emotional intensity are still barely understood. This definitive biography is the only one for which Powell specifically granted interviews, and the first to draw on Powell's massive private archive.

'A fine biography of one of the greatest orators, parliamentarians and political thinkers of modern times ... compelling' - Margaret Thatcher, Daily Telegraph

'Meticulously researched and elegantly written' - Sunday Times

'In future, anyone who wants to study Enoch Powell will start here' - Spectator

'Superb ... Heffer brings great powers of erudition as well as meticulous scholarship to his latest subject' – Times Literary Supplement.

1064 pages
Faber Finds, 2008
ISBN-10: 0571246613
ISBN-13: 978-0571246618