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Masters of the Post*
Masters of the Post: The Authorized History of Royal Mail
Presenting the first complete history of the Royal Mail up to the present day, including the first detailed account of the past half-century of Britain's postal history, from the post war era to the Postal Act of 2011, made possible by comprehensive research at The British Postal Museum & Archive.
In charting the whole of this extraordinary story, Duncan Campbell-Smith recounts a series of remarkable tales, including how postal engineers built the first programmable computer for the wartime code-breakers of Bletchley Park and how the Royal Mail managed to continue delivering post to the front lines during two world wars, but also how an opportunity to prevent the Great Train Robbery of 1963 was missed. He brings to life many of the dominant personalities in the Royal Mail's history - from Rowland Hill, who imposed a uniform penny post and set the great Victorian expansion on its way, to Tony Benn who championed the modernisation of the service in the 1960s and Tom Jackson who led the postal workers' biggest union through fifteen frequently stormy years up to 1982. Events since the failed privatization of 1994 are narrated in colourful detail.
Duncan Campbell-Smith is a former Financial Times and Economist journalist whose career has also included working in the City and as a management consultant with McKinsey. He holds Visiting Research Fellowships at the Institute of Historical Research and at the Centre for Contemporary British History at King's College, London.
He received the Business Archives Council Wadsworth Prize for British Business History 2011 for Masters of the Post.