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Rothwell's biography of Eden is offered to balance D. Carlton's critical Anthony Eden: A Biography (London, 1981) and to supplement R.R. James's Anthony Eden (1987) with more recent sources. Concentrating almost solely on Eden's diplomatic career between 1931 and 1957, Rothwell depicts Eden as an outstanding statesman, despite his stubborn anti-American bias, and as an excellent parliamentarian but poor politician and Prime Minister. This study gives a generally positive critical assessment of Eden's diplomatic policies, achievements, and failures, and points out the benefits of Eden's greatest blunder, the 1956 Suez invasion. Rothwell provides a useful new perspective on Eden's diplomatic career, but for a fuller account of his personality and personal life and domestic political career, the earlier Eden biographies remain unsurpassed. Undergraduate; graduate. G. M. Stearns; University of Cincinnati
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