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Roy Jenkins

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ISBN 10: 0330411713 / ISBN 13: 9780330411714
Published by Pan, 2002
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Title: Gladstone

Publisher: Pan

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:New

Book Type: book

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Originally published in 1995,this is a biography of William Ewart Gladstone (1809-98), which charts the political career and personal life of the only person who saw four terms as the British Prime Minister and who left behind a long and successful line of legislation. Roy Jenkins examines the manifold activities of Gladstone's life and uses it to relate the political rhythms, travel patterns and religious assumptions of Victorian England to the modern day.

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Random House editor Ian Jackman: Roy Jenkins has taken one of the towering figures of nineteenth century Britain and fleshed him out brilliantly in this biography that has been an award-winning bestseller in the U.K. Roy Jenkins has been one of the most important European politicians of this century, holding two of the three biggest jobs in British politics - Chancellor of the Exchequer and Foreign Secretary as well as the most important position in the European Community. It is as if the Dulles brothers and Henry Stimson had combined to write a biography of Theodore Roosevelt.

William Ewart Gladstone was British Prime Minister four times, a unique accomplishment, and a founder of the Liberal party and the modern democratic Parliamentary system. His were the last efforts made by any British politician that had a good chance to resolve the situation in Ireland. He was a great scholar and linguist, a wonderful orator, a devout Christian, and a vigorous walker and tree-feller. But he was also a deeply passionate man, constantly aghast at his own sexual impulses and the means he sought to relieve and divert them. It is extraordinary to read how the British Prime Minister would stand undisguised in Piccadilly, one of London's busiest streets, and accost prostitutes and try to talk them round from their fallen ways. He was a mild flagellant and enjoyed being disgusted by moderately pornographic books.

In short, he was complicated, and Jenkins, with a delicate, wise, and often funny hand, has rendered this apparently contradictory Gladstone whole - a genuinely interesting and commanding figure whose life forms a great part of the history of nineteenth-century Britain.

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