Michael foot has been a controversial and charismatic figure in british public life political and literary for over sixty years emerging from a famous west country liberal dynasty he rose as a crusading left wing journalist in the late 1930s. Morgan has written a highly perceptive and balanced life of michael foot morgan is a labour life peer so the book is largely sympathetic but he does point out foots failings and mistakes the biggest mistake is his becoming leader in 1980. The actual presence of michael foot curiously escapes this through scholarly biography by kenneth omorgan foots life political activity and wide ranging friendships are well chronicled but what really made him tick somtething of the ghost in the machine remains absent foot emerges as a formidably busy intellectual man but slightly etheral. Michael foot a life by harry on december 1 2008 talking of the 70s i just finished kenneth morgans biography of michael foot when i was about half way through i told a good friend that it made me think worse of foot and this despite the fact that morgan himself while appropriately critical is obviously a huge admirer
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