Books: Drawing Nye

ANEURIN BEVAN: A BIOGRAPHY, VOL. II, 1945-1960 by MICHAEL FOOT 692 pages. Atheneum. $13.95.

Aneurin was a 7th century Welsh warrior-bard, and Aneurin Bevan aptly bore his name. Roaring into the House of Commons in 1929, the original Angry Young Man, he became—second only to his archfoe, Winston Churchill —the most hypnotic orator and contumacious politician of 20th century Britain. One of seven surviving sons of a Monmouthshire miner who died of lung disease, "Nye" Bevan, even in his plummy days as a Buckinghamshire squire and playboy of the West End world, never forgot or forgave the hardscrabble existence eked out...

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