Baden-Powell: Founder of the Boy Scouts

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Yale University Press, Aug 11, 2001 - History - 720 pages
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R.S.S. Baden-Powell, who founded the Boy Scouts movement in 1908, was a British military hero during the Boer War and an author, actor, artist, spy, sportsman, and female impersonator. In this absorbing and humane account of Baden-Powell’s extraordinary life, Tim Jeal reveals for the first time the complex figure behind the saintly public mask, showing him to be a man of both dazzling talents and crippling secret fears.

Reviews of the earlier edition:

“Baden-Powell’s life story is as rich and engrossing as any of his memorable campfire yarns . . . a monumental biography.”—Zara Steiner, New York Times Book Review

“In an age of good biographies, here is one that deserves to be called great . . . a magnificent book.”—Piers Brendon, Mail on Sunday

“Jeal’s Baden-Powell is brave and self-seeking, devious and honorable, a domestic paragon whose repressed homosexuality fired his career, a soldier of genius who ultimately rejected militarism. . . . The story that Tim Jeal has to tell is epic, funny, and touching.”—Philip Oakes, New Statesman

“Superb.”—Ian Buruma, New York Review of Books
 

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Lord Baden Powell is drawn with a rather disapproving eye by Tim Jeal. Survivors of the Scouting movement will feel a bit of sadness about the real life of a hero to millions of males the world over ... Read full review

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Though the Boy Scouts normally are considered very American, founder R.S.S. Baden-Powell was a British soldier, a spy, an actor, an artist, and even a female impersonator (can you get a merit badge ... Read full review

Contents

SERVANT OF THE
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MENS
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IN THE BALANCE
110
THE COMING
159
THE GENERAL
260
Constabulary Duty to be Done Sept 1900 to March 1903
330
HOME COMES THE HERO
343
UNDER MOUNT KENYA
554
EPILOGUE
567
Appendix I
578
Appendix III
584
Published Sources
591
Notes
597
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THE FAMILY
636

THE BOY MAN TAKES HIS
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SCOUTING FOR BOYS
390
AN UNEXPECTED MARRIAGE
424
THE BIGGEST EVENT IN
448
WHAT TO DO WITH THE GIRLS
469
WIDER STILL AND WIDER
488
THE SPIRIT VERSUS THE FORM
498
STORMS AND SUNSHINE
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Index
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Tim Jeal is a highly acclaimed biographer and novelist.

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