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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User Review  - Schmerguls - LibraryThing

This is awell-researched dual biography concentrating on the interaction of the named protagonists, though there is no bibliography as such, But the author has mined the other biographies and sets out ... Read full review

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User Review  - anyotherbizniz - LibraryThing

Excellent book. I had embarrassingly limited knowledge of the events this book covers, beyond any typical Englishman's knowledge of the mid-Victorian era. Setting the book up to view this period as a ... Read full review

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Richard Aldous is a professor of history at Bard College, wherehe holds the Eugene Meyer Chair. He is the author and editorof eleven books, including The Lion and the Unicorn and Reagan and Thatcher. Aldous is a contributor to television and radioon both sides of the Atlantic, and his writing appears regularlyin the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times Book Review,and the American Interest, where he is a contributing editor.He lives in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

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