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Gordon Brown’s biography reminds us why he is one of the giants of recent political history

Despite his many faults, Brown was a towering figure who made the right calls on the biggest issues facing our world

By Jonathan Freedland   January 2018

The new Chancellor in 1997. Photo: PA

Two decades ago it became commonplace to describe Bill Clinton as the most psychologically complex occupant of the Oval Office since Richard Nixon. If we were to award a British equivalent of that accolade—nominating the most psychologically complex occupant of Downing Street since Churchill—there would surely be no contest. Compared to the breezy ease of Tony Blair, the granite certainty of Margaret Thatcher, the smooth-cheeked entitlement of David Cameron or the wily genius of Harold Wilson, there is only one figure who boasts…

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