The Lion and the Unicorn: Gladstone Vs Disraeli

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2006 - History - 368 pages
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William Gladstone and Benjamin Disraeli were the fiercest political rivals of the nineteenth century. Their intense mutual hatred was both ideologically driven and deeply personal. Their vitriolic duels, carried out over decades, lend profound insight into the social and political currents that dominated Victorian England. To Disraeli--a legendary dandy descended from Sephardic Jews--his antagonist was an "unprincipled maniac" characterized by an "extraordinary mixture of envy, vindictiveness, hypocrisy, and superstition." For the conservative aristocrat Gladstone, his rival was "the Grand Corrupter," whose destruction he plotted "day and night, week by week, month by month." In the tradition of Roy Jenkins and A. N. Wilson, Richard Aldous has written an outstanding political biography, giving us the first dual portrait of this intense and momentous rivalry. Aldous's vivid narrative style--by turns powerful, witty, and stirring--brings new life to the Gladstone and Disraeli story and confirms a perennial truth: in politics, everything is personal.
  

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Review: The Lion and the Unicorn: Gladstone vs. Disraeli

User Review  - Roger Woods - Goodreads

This is an excellent book. Richard Aldous gives a vivid account of the lives and rivalry of Gladstone and Disraeli which is very enjoyable to read. The political shenanigans of today are not that much ... Read full review

Review: The Lion and the Unicorn: Gladstone vs. Disraeli

User Review  - Richard Thomas - Goodreads

A serious account of a long standing political duel marked by a mutual personal dislike. Good analysis of both men and their politics, including the paradox that Dizzy split his party and benefited therefrom; Gladstone split his and sowed the seeds of the end of the Liberal Party. Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Richard Aldous, the author of eight books, including The Lion and the Unicorn and Reagan and Thatcher, is the Eugene Meyer Professor of British History and Literature at Bard College. He lives in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

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