Gladstone by Roy Jenkins
A Biography

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Churchill, a towering historical biography, available for the first time in paperback.

William Gladstone was, with Tennyson, Newman, Dickens, Carlyle, and Darwin, one of the stars of nineteenth-century British life. He spent sixty-three of his eighty-nine years in the House of Commons and was prime minister four times, a unique accomplishment. From his critical role in the formation of the Liberal Party to his preoccupation with the cause of Irish Home Rule, he was a commanding politician and statesman nonpareil. But Gladstone the man was much more: a classical scholar, a wide-ranging author, a vociferous participant in all the great theological debates of the day, a voracious reader, and an avid walker who chopped down trees for recreation. He was also a man obsessed with the idea of his own sinfulness, prone to self-flagellation and persistent in the practice of accosting prostitutes on the street and attempting to persuade them of the errors of their ways. This full and deep portrait of a complicated man offers a sweeping picture of a tumultuous century in British history, and is also a brilliant example of the biographer’s art.


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About Roy Jenkins

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Roy Jenkins was the author of many books, including Churchill and Gladstone , which won the Whitbread Prize for Biography. Active in British politics for half a century, he entered the House of Commons in 1948 and subsequently served as Minister of Aviation, Home Secretary, and Chancellor of the Exchequer; he was also the President of the European Commission and Chancellor of Oxford University. In 1987 he took his seat in the House of Lords.
 
Published July 6, 2011 by Random House. 768 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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A definitive, celebratory biography of the greatest 19th- century British political leader, by a distinguished 20th-century British politician.

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Still, there are redeeming descriptive and narrative gems, as in Gladstone's famed speechifying (in which subordinate clauses ""hung like candelabra""), and in the energy of the old man, who at 81, knocked down by a cab, ""pursued the errant driver and held him until the police came."" No prime m...

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