The North American Review Volume 175

The North American Review Volume 175

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ... never be willing to make those sacrifices to public life which are necessary to full success. He was too refined, too fastidious, too fond of diffusing himself over many shining fields. And one may well ask why a man so fortunately placed, so happily endowed, should have given himself up to the servitude of leadership and office. His books, his taste for art, his "philosophic" writing and study, his golf, his cycling, the care of his estates, the society of his friends, ---all these must have been and still are, eager rivals with politics for his supreme regard. One may conjecture that it is the excitement of the party struggle which has finally turned the scale. At the root of Mr. Balfour's character, overlaid and half-concealed by his graceful suavity of manner, there lies a hard stratum of Caledonian combativeness. He loves the "strenuous life" perhaps almost as much as President Roosevelt, though he does not talk about it. In many ways, Mr. Balfour may seem the fine fleur of English aristocratic culture, but he has the Lowland Scot's affection for a fight, his delight in the righteous discomfiture of an opponent. Yet there is a rare nobility and magnanimity in him which never permits him to triumph over, to trumpet boastfully, the defeat of his foe. In all his Parliamentary experience, he has never made his conquest galling or placed a heel upon a vanquished neck; and his temptations have at times been natural and great. To him, nevertheless, the party conflict gives a zest to politics, which possibly the mere dc tails of administrative business could not ofier. Mr. Chamberlain, in order to compass great national ends, has conscientiously quitted his colleagues before, and one could imagine that, in...show more

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  • Paperback | 358 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 19mm | 640g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236971515
  • 9781236971517