Books in 100: The Macmillans

Out of all the Prime Ministerial families, none are more interesting than the Macmillans.

In his study of the Macmillan family from their humble origins in Scotland, to the creation of their famous publishing house, and their establishment existence in the late-20th century, Richard Davenport-Hines paints a deep picture.

Although Davenport-Hines may be limited by lawyers in his quest to convey the Macmillan secrets, he tells an engrossing story which covers the talent and tragedy of the famous British family.

It may develop into a standard biography of PM Harold Macmillan, but the chapter on the family since 1963 is highly enlightening.

Overall, Davenport-Hines tells a story of fame, intrigue, and tragedy.  

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