Courage: Eight Portraits

Courage: Eight Portraits

by Gordon Brown (Author)


Prime Minister Gordon Brown explores the lives of eight outstanding twentieth-century figures, in order to better understand courage. These eight heroes are very different people, with very different strengths and frailties, but all share an extraordinary and inspirational courage that Brown celebrates in these fascinating and moving portraits.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
Edition: UK ed.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
Published: 07 Jul 2008

ISBN 10: 0747593310
ISBN 13: 9780747593317
Book Overview: Featuring: Edith Cavell; Dietrich Bonhoeffer; Raoul Wallenberg; Martin Luther King; Robert Kennedy; Nelson Mandela; Cicely Saunders; Aung San Suu Kyi Winston Churchill said that 'courage is the first of all human qualities because it guarantees all others' Publicity for the Prime Minister's book in paperback is guaranteed

Media Reviews
'Trust me: this is a fine book' Spectator 'The book tells us as much about Brown's own personal journey as it does about the courage of those he describes ... very moving' Guardian 'His approach is refreshing ... readable and intelligent' Sunday Times 'I'm steeped in Brown style. It's inimitable, and it's all over Courage ... His writing reflects his character: a ferociously clever and studious man' PR Week
Author Bio
Gordon Brown was born (1951) and educated in Kirkcaldy. He studied at Edinburgh University from the age of sixteen and graduated with Master of Arts at nineteen with 1st Class Honours, later gaining a Doctorate of Philosophy. He was elected Rector of Edinburgh University by the student body and from 1972 to 1975 was Chairman of the University Court. From 1976 to 1980, he lectured at Edinburgh University and then Glasgow College of Technology, before taking up a post at Scottish TV. From 1983-1984 he was Chair of the Labour Party Scottish Council and in May 1983 became MP for Dunfermline East. He was Opposition spokesperson on Treasury and Economic Affairs (Shadow Chancellor) from 1992. With the election of the Labour government in May 1997, Gordon Brown became Chancellor of the Exchequer, and held the post for ten years, making him the longest serving Chancellor for 200 years. Following the resignation of Tony Blair, he became Prime Minister in June 2007. He is married to Sarah Macaulay and they have two sons.