Talleyrand

Cooper, Duff

Published by The Folio Society, 2010
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Synopsis: Unique in his own age and a phenomenon in any, Charles-Maurice, Prince de Talleyrand, was a statesman of outstanding ability and extraordinary contradictions. He was a world-class rogue who held high office in five successive regimes. A well-known opportunist and a notorious bribe taker, Talleyrand's gifts to France arguably outvalued the vast personal fortune he amassed in her service. Once a supporter of the Revolution, after the fall of the monarchy, he fled to England and then to the United States. Talleyrand returned to France two years later and served under Napoleon, and represented France at the Congress of Vienna. Duff Cooper's classic biography contains all the vigor, elegance, and intellect of its remarkable subject.

About the Author: Alfred Duff Cooper, was a statesman, diplomat and author. Born in 1890, he won the DSO as a second lieutenant in the First World War, and entered Parliament in 1923. His life was devoted to politics until 1938 when, as First Lord of the Admiralty, he resigned in protest at the Munich Agreement. Called back to office by Churchill in 1940, his wartime career culminated in his appointment as Ambassador to France. Shortly before his death he was made 1st Viscount Norwich. Among his best-known books are Talleryrand, Operation Heartbreak and his autobiography, Old Men Forget. He died in 1954.

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Title: Talleyrand
Publisher: The Folio Society
Publication Date: 2010
Binding: Hardcover
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Book Description Folio Society, London, 2010. Hardback. Condition: Fine. First Thus. 2010 First Thus. Fine Hardback. No inscriptions or bookplates. Very Good slipcase. Some marks to panels of slipcase. Introduced by John Julius Norwich. Quarter-bound in buckram with printed sides. 344 pages with frontispiece. 24 pages of colour and black & white plates. Book Size: 9½" × 6¼". An aristocrat who became a revolutionary; a churchman with a string of mistresses and an addiction to gambling; a trusted minister of Napoleon this extraordinary figure whose blazing career survived five successive regimes is known to history simply as Talleyrand. Born in 1754 to one of France's grand families and destined for the Church, Talleyrand was swept into the Revolution, then exiled, but returned to serve the Directorate. He was instrumental in the coup that brought Napoleon to power, but went on to betray him to restore the Bourbon monarchy. Although ofen reviled as a 'traitor', Talleyrand only ever served one mistress, France: 'I never abandoned a regime, until it abandoned itself'. This edition of this brilliantly evocative biography is introduced by John Julius Norwich, Duff Cooper's son, who reflects on the clear empathy between author and subject, 'Both loved the pleasures of life: good food, good wine, beautiful women'. Duff Cooper has a gift for a memorable turn of phrase: on Talleyrand's neglected childhood he comments, 'the modern method reflects greater credit on the parents; but evidence is not yet sufficient to prove that it produces a superior type of individual'; and on his reconciliation with the Church before his death, 'The old diplomatist had set forth upon his last mission he departed with his credentials in order, his passport signed'. First published in 1932 and never out of print since, this classic biography is indisputably the most elegant and entertaining study of Talleyrand. UK Postage £3.10; Airmail to Europe £6.00; Airmail to Rest of the World £11.00. We only use airmail as surface mail can take up to 10 weeks. Seller Inventory # 119717

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