Eminent Elizabethans by Piers Brendon
Rupert Murdoch, Margaret Thatcher, Prince Charles & Mick Jagger

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In a world where nothing is sacred, and one where we already know far more than we want to about awful celebrities and politicians, what Brendon is left with is mainly an exercise in style.
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Margaret Thatcher, Rupert Murdoch, Prince Charles, Mick Jagger - four figures who have illuminated our age.

·Margaret Thatcher – the first female Prime Minister, who dedicated herself with messianic zeal to breaking the mould of post-war British politics

·Rupert Murdoch – the billionaire media mogul whose empire, built on an ethical void, has polluted the channels of communication from London to Sydney, from New York to New Guinea

·Prince Charles – the royal dilettante whose erratic exploits shook the throne and put his own succession to it at risk

·Mick Jagger – lead singer of the Rolling Stones, who embodied the sixties counter-culture of sex and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll yet aspired to be a gentleman and accepted a knighthood at the behest of Tony Blair.

A sequel to Brendon’s bestselling Eminent Edwardians, Eminent Elizabethans is written in the same witty, ironic and irreverent style and reveals how each one played out a major theme in the new Elizabethan medley. Each is vividly and vitally depicted through pungent anecdote, piquant quotation and mordant commentary. In short, these brilliant miniatures are as entertaining as they are illuminating.
 

About Piers Brendon

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Piers Brendon is the author of more than a dozen books, including biographies of Churchill and Eisenhower, the best-selling Eminent Edwardians and The Dark Valley, and, most recently, the highly acclaimed The Decline and Fall of the British Empire. He also writes for television and contributes frequently to the national press. Formerly Keeper of the Churchill Archives Centre, he is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
 
Published September 13, 2012 by Vintage Digital. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Alex Good on Nov 02 2012

In a world where nothing is sacred, and one where we already know far more than we want to about awful celebrities and politicians, what Brendon is left with is mainly an exercise in style.

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