British Prime Ministers by Robert Parker

I felt I need to know more about UK’s PMs and so I got the British Prime Ministers by Robert Parker. Parker is an American historian, which makes him a less obvious candidate for writing a book about the British PMs. But he did and I’m happy about this. The book is very short, less than 130 pages in length, and includes a description of all the PM, who served from 1721 to 2019.

British Prime Ministers by Robert Parker

His motivation to write the book was that he, as a tourist, did not find a similar book. There are biographies of the most important Prime Ministers, like Churchill and Pitt, but there aren’t many books in which all of them are presented. I bought another book with descriptions of the PMs, but that is an almost 900 pages tome. I am eager to read that one, but having one doesn’t mean you can’t have the other too.

In this book, all PMs are described in 2 pages, very rarely 3. There are details on their personal lives, a picture, and, of course, the most important things that happened while they were in office. I enjoyed this book a lot, as Parker’s style is wonderful. I found myself turning page after page, wanting to read more. It is also a very good reference book.

British Prime Ministers by Robert Parker

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My rating: 5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes
Published by: Amberley Publishing
Year it was published: 2019 (first published in 2011)
Format: Paperback
Genre(s): History
Pages: 128

About the author: Robert J. Parker was born in US. He has a BA and Master in history. He is interested in the history of WW1 & WW2 and he likes travelling to the battlefield sites.
Books by Robert Parker: Passchendaele 1917. The Tommies’ Experience of the Third Battle of Ypres; The Kings and Queens of England; 6 June 1944 Utah Beach: The D-Day Landing; An Illustrated Introduction to the Somme 1916
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4 thoughts on “British Prime Ministers by Robert Parker”

  • Just now discovered your book review site and your positive words for ‘British Prime Ministers’. You, along with Kelly’s comment, went straight to the heart of what I was attempting to achieve. A brief, economically written and priced review of Britain’s PMs, that was non-political and unbiased. I thank you very much.
    I usually travel to the UK twice a year, but during 2020 I was unable to for the first time since 1990 due to the virus. It prevented me from numerous book signings and presentations that I always enjoy and look forward to in the UK. I would love reading your comments on my two recently published books on the D-Day invasion: ‘Omaha Beach’ and its companion volume, ‘Utah Beach’. Both published in the UK by Amberley Publishing.
    Thanks again. Rob Parker.

    • Congratulations for the new books, I will keep them in mind. Thank you very much for telling me about them. I love the book on the Prime Ministers.

  • At first glance, I didn’t think this was one for me…. but I liked your review and it convinced me to see what my options are for this book. I have several family members who might enjoy it, too. It sounds like it’s purely informational rather than politically biased. A good thing.
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