Jenkins, himself a great Chancellor, looks at the lives and careers of the nineteen men who were Chancellor of the Exchequer between Gladstone's last administration and that of Clement Attlee, immediately after the Second World War and provides a unique insight into their personalities, their social backgrounds and their effect on the country at the time.
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Roy Jenkins was the author of many books, including Churchill and Gladstone, which won the Whitbread Prize for Biography. Active in British politics for half a century, he entered the House of Commons in 1948 and subsequently served as Minister of Aviation, Home Secretary, and Chancellor of the Exchequer; he was also the President of the European Commission and Chancellor of Oxford University. In 1987 he took his seat in the House of Lords. He died in January 2003.
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