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The shadows of Suez

Suez cast a long shadow over Anthony Eden's political career. But the crisis left surprisingly little transatlantic or cross-channel rancour, says Philip Goodhart

By Philip Goodhart   May 2003

Book: The Life and Times of Anthony Eden Author: DR Thorpe Price: Chatto & Windus, ?25

I first met Anthony Eden at a Conservative rally in the autumn of 1949. He had been Churchill’s heir for seven years. I was a Cambridge undergraduate who had just become the Tory candidate for an unwinnable coal mining seat.

I don’t remember anything that Eden said at the rally; his speeches rarely contained any memorable phrases. But I do remember shaking hands with him. Politicians who may have to meet thousands of people in a month tend not to favour over-muscular handshakes; a…

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