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    DescriptionTo Thomas Carlyle he was "not worth his weight in cold bacon," but, to Queen Victoria, Benjamin Disraeli was "the kindest Minister" she had ever had and a "dear and devoted friend." In this masterly biography by England's "outstanding popular historian" (A.N. Wilson), Christopher Hibbert reveals the personal life of one of the most fascinating men of the nineteenth century and England's most eccentric Prime Minister. A superb speaker, writer, and wit, Disraeli did not intend to be a politician. Born into a family of Jewish merchants, Disraeli was a conspicuous dandy, constantly in debt, and enjoyed many scandalous affairs until, in 1839, he married an eccentric widow twelve years older than him. As an antidote to his grief at his wife's death in 1872, he threw himself into politics becoming Prime Minister for the second time in 1874, much to the Queen's delight.

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    The Victorian Dandy Who Became Prime Minister
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    By (author) Christopher Hibbert
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 401
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 431 g
    ISBN 13: 9781403978967
    ISBN 10: 1403978964

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    LC classification: DA564.B3 H5 2007
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    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Palgrave MacMillan
    Imprint name
    Palgrave MacMillan
    Publication date
    12 June 2007
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Christopher Hibbert""was born in 1924 and educated at Radley and Oxford. He is the author of many highly acclaimed books, including "The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici"; "The English: A Social History"; and "Cavaliers and Roundheads. "He has also written 'biographies' of London, Rome, and Venice, and the lives of Samuel Johnson, Elizabeth I, and Napoleon and his women.
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    "Hibbert's lively and engaging portrait of Benjamin Disraeli joins the author's numerous other well-received, popular biographies...A supremely readable and enjoyable study of a colorful, often astonishing and modern character.""An adroitly written evocation of a compelling but enigmatic personality, a man whose ambition, idealism and opportunism would not seem out of place on the political scene today."--"Publishers Weekly""Christopher Hibbert is one of the great British historians of our era. His elegant and lyrical writing has inspired a generation of authors to imitate him. Yet, he remains unsurpassed. "Disraeli "is a timely reminder of why Hibbert is still loved and admired all over the world."--Amanda Foreman, bestselling author of "Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire""Christopher Hibbert has done it again and produced a skillfully written narrative of one of the titans of British politics, Benjamin Disraeli. In "Disraeli" Hibbert has created a vivid human portrait of the statesman. Hibbert is especially adept at bringing alive Disraeli's close relationship with his eccentric but beloved wife. All in all, a masterful account of an intriguing figure from an accomplished historian."-- Julia P. Gelardi, bestselling author of "Born to Rule" "Christopher Hibbert's books have long been an inspiration to writers: they are witty, urbane and--most importantly--joyfully readable. In "Disraeli", the author is perfectly matched to his subject, to create a biography that fizzes with energy and intelligence."--Judith Flanders, author of "Inside the Victorian Home ""[An] engaging new biography."--"The Guardian" "[A] thoroughly enjoyable read...a well-written narrative. [Hibbert] is a superbly skillful historical writer."--"The Spectator""[Hibbert] is a polished practitioner of the biographer's art...a smoothly readable book."--Christopher Kent, "Journal of Historical Biography"