Reviews of paperback edition:
“Torrance’s biography…is well researched, richly detailed and mostly even-handed…” – Alan Taylor, Times Literary Supplement
“Torrance has produced a no-nonsense account.” – Colin Waters, Sunday Herald
“The new edition is particularly good on the contours and making of the SNP’s 2011 election landslide, the planning and design of the campaign, and the people involved, informed by a host of interviews and observations.” – Gerry Hassan, Open Democracy
Reviews of hardback edition:
“Torrance’s book encouraged me, for the first time, to re-evaluate Salmond’s politics…entertaining and informative…leaves the reader with the unavoidable impression that Salmond is a uniquely talented politician.” – Tom Harris MP, Total Politics
“Torrance is an industrious historian and an assiduous biographer,” – Harry Reid, The Herald
“A very thorough and conscientious study…the book is a detailed account of Alex’s political career which is, I think, fair-minded and accurate,” – Paul Henderson Scott, Scots Independent
“…[a] meticulously neutral style is evident…it will be hard to beat this [biography] for detailed thoroughness. It is factual, not adulatory.” – Rennie McOwan, Scots Independent
“Journalist and historian David Torrance has produced a masterful work with intricate research…for a detailed history of Scotland’s greatest modern fighter, Torrance’s work is a classic,” – Dorothy-Grace Elder, Scottish Review
“Alex Salmond is well served by this skilfully constructed and lucid biography…Torrance has produced another fine work. He leads the field in analysing Scottish politics with wit and wisdom…While this biography may not be the last word on Salmond the man, it deserves to be the standard text on Salmond the politician, at least for those not wanting a nationalist hagiography,” – David Melding AM, WalesHome
Alex Salmond is well known in Scotland, the UK and beyond as the leader of the Scottish National Party and Scotland’s First Minister, but relatively little is understood about Salmond as a human being, what makes him a Nationalist, what shaped his political views, and what sort of country he believes an independent Scotland can be.
In this first biography, with which close colleagues and friends have co-operated, the acclaimed political biographer David Torrance turns his attention to perhaps one of the most capable and interesting politicians Scotland has produced in the last few decades. Utilising a raft of published and unpublished material, Torrance charts the life and career of Alex Salmond from his schooldays, his political activism at St Andrews University, his early career at the Royal Bank of Scotland, his election as the MP for Banff and Buchan and, in greater depth thanever before, his two spells as leader of the SNP and, from 2007, as First Minister of Scotland.
Now revised and updated to include the 2011 Holyrood election and a postscript examining the forthcoming independence referendum.