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The Enterprise Years: A Business Man in the Cabinet - Lord Young

Headline, 1990, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is also slightly loose to the book.

From the cover: “It is the growth of enterprise, the efforts of millions of our people engaged in the creation and development of businesses large and small that is the real driving force of the economy — Lord Young

In 1974, the 42-year-old David Young, already a highly successful businessman, considered emigrating to the United States; he was convinced that Britain was in irreversible decline. The spirit of enterprise that had inspired his grandfather to emigrate from Lithuania to the East End of London in 1905 was all but dead -smothered in the "corporatism" of the 1960s and 70s. Fortunately for Britain, David Young’s emigration was short lived — and he went on to play a key role in the revival of the enterprise culture.

In this remarkable memoir, Lord Young describes the ten years he spent at the heart of the “Thatcher revolution” — first as Special Adviser at the Department of Trade and Industry when the first tentative steps were taken on the road to privatisation and then, when unemployment became a major problem, as a controversial Chairman of the Manpower Services Commission.

In 1984 Margaret Thatcher put him in the Lords and in her Cabinet, first as Minister without Portfolio and the following year as Secretary of State for Employment. He was at the forefront in the fight against unemployment and, when that ceased to be the central political problem, played a key role in the 1987 election. His dramatic account of the election portrays vividly, in diary form, the day-by-day triumphs and disasters of a campaign when, for a time, senior figures in the party were aware of the possibility of defeat.

After the election triumph, he became Secretary of State for Trade and Industry. He describes how he turned the DTI into the department for enterprise but then had to handle such hot potatoes as the Barlowe Clowes affair, the House of Fraser, and, most controversial of all, the sale of Rover to British Aerospace.

When Lord Young resigned in 1989 to resume his business career, he could look back on a decade in which the face of Britain had been transformed — the spirit of enterprise regained. This enthralling book is the story of Lord Young’s part in that transformation..”

Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [IX] 338 pages.

This one has already found a new owner.