Gladstone : A Biography

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William Ewart Gladstone was one of the most extraordinary statesmen of the 19th century. He began his political career as a Conservative, sitting for a "rotten" borough; under the influence of Peel and following his experience as Chancellor of the Exchequer in the 1850s, he attached himself to the Whigs and became the spokesman for middle-class liberalism by the mid-1860s. He served as Liberal Prime Minister four times and presided over many important reforms in both domestic and foreign policy. His charitable but controversial work among prostitutes has failed to detract from the reputation of this great politican.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 134 x 216 x 42mm | 557.92g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 28 b&w illustrations, index
  • 0141390786
  • 9780141390789

Table of contents

A pure young man; private life; marriage and Cabinet Office; family crisis - party explosion; love thy neighbour; into the wilderness; the public purse - mental earthquake; the people's William - prime minister; Irish rhapsody; talking turkey; his finest hour; the resources of civilization; struggling to be free; the chariot of the sun; when the bough breaks; the grand old man. Appendix: a speech in Glynnese.
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"* 'All who care for serious biography will find it absorbing' - THE TIMES * 'What an excellent book' - Sir Harold Nicolson * 'He writes with lucid grace; his judgement strikes me as almost impeccable' - THE SUNDAY TIMES * 'He was one of the giants of the age. Sir Philip Magnus has done full justice to his commanding personality' - DAILY MAIL"
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About Sir Philip Magnus

Sir Philip Magnus was a distinguished historian and is the biographer of Edmund Burke, Sir Walter Raleigh, Lord Kitchener and Edward VII, as well as Gladstone.
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