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Read & Download õ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Þ Richard AldousThis is not a history of 19th century British politics It does not pretend to be so In fact it states from the first that its mission is to A Day in the Budwig Diet recast the story of Gladstone and Disraeli for a 21st century audience in a way that will appeal to us Aldous assessment of a 21st century audience s needs are a Reality Show like combination of high drama oh no he didn t personal pettiness a fast paced showing of all the highlights on the grandest scale I can t say that he s wrong in that assessment This approach has shortcomings such as if you don t already know about the bills and arguments going on you never feel like youe getting all sides of the story He does explain a few of the bigger bills Reform Bills the important Irish bills but the legislation isn t his focus so much as where each of the two of them came down on supporting it or notNeither is this the dual biography that the back of the book proclaims it to be you don t get everything both of them ever did in their lives You get the highlights their interaction with each other and a Lambs To The Slaughter really good casting of their personalitiesIt is like a boxing match in that when oneises the other one falls sometimes incredibly uickly Also that the book tries to get you to take sides and Córka Robrojka (Jeżycjada, root for one or other I had difficulty inooting for either simply because Aldous was so intent on exposing the flaws of both of them always sullying any triumph with something petty or awful about them My opinion changed many times In the end I ended up thinking that Gladstone was a black and white moralist who only wanted to fight when he could The Neil Simon Collection ride in on a white horse but nonetheless had principles and things he cared about and for the great majority of his life he appeared toeally stick to those ideas He was also difficult cantankerous had no idea how to deal with people preachy arrogant mean incredibly strict on Slate (Rebel Wayfarers MC, religion and yet very hypocritical he did extensiveescue work with prostitutes that mostly culminated in him sleeping with them ather than saving them very small and petty on a lot of levels and uite Anti Semitic a lot of which was directed ight at Disraeli And yet many of his opinions are things that modern day liberals would agree with self determination anti imperialism non interference abroad secret ballots and expanding the electorate Basically you end up Do I Owe You Money? The Collected Memoirs of Ian Mosley really disliking him thoughespecting him for several principled stands and some of his opinions You don t want to ever talk to him in heaven thoughDisraeli I was amused by him at first then EL SUTIL ARTE DE QUE (CASI TODO) TE IMPORTE UNA MIERDA (HARPERCOLLINS) really disliked him then came back around slowly toespect and admiration for him by the end At first I thought he was kind of an amusing dillettante the Byron wannabe with styles than principles His #early years in parliament show him to be capable of lying and backstabbing and vicious #years in parliament show him to be capable of lying and backstabbing and vicious personal attacks Which never stopped His absolute insistence on the survival and continuation of the British Empire may be the most consistent principle he stood for along with a general nationalism and slow gradual domestic eform But for awhile it eally didn t look like he stood for anything but getting himself in power He. William Gladstone and Benjamin Disraeli were the fiercest political ivals 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 legendar. .
Even said at one point that he lived for fame and eputation But then his many many talents intersting policies ways of dealing with people and most of all the great description of his performance at the Congress of Berlin and his interaction with Bismarck there s also all
Also he not a whoremongering hypocritical Christian doing The Diary of Darcy J. Rhone (Darcy Rachel, rescue work By all accounts he had great long lasting Romanticelationships with women among them the ueen He did press for 7 Navykov Vysokoeffektivnykh Lyudej reform Plus he was multitalented he was also a novelist His Romantic personality isealatable his witty uips and speeches magneticEtc etc etc This is definitely the guy you wanted to sit next to at dinner anywaythat also he
Of the two I definitely was pleased to see Disraeli win whenever hethe two I definitely was pleased to see Disraeli win whenever he but I don t think that was the best part of me who wanted him to win all the timeIt s just funny that in this story that was set up to be a boxing match I Lichtenstein really ended up not being able tooot for either of them fully because you see just how many flaws each of them had It s just a never ending mess Yeah I know That #S Politics Sad But #politics Sad but my interest in Disraeli can be traced to a Family Guy episode Peter s blathering on as he does and compares someone to Benjamin Disraeli Cut to Disraeli in his study who looks at the camera and sadly tells the viewer you don t even know who I am Thus my curiosity in the infamous British Prime Minister was piued It turns out that The Lion and the Unicorn was not the best book for a first foray into the subject Aldous assumes the eader is already familiar with the general timeline and issues of the day and focuses almost entirely on the personal enmity and numerous smackdowns between Gladstone and Disraeli Although the writing is excellent and the hatred palpable I found it somewhat difficult to follow Personally my knowledge of British history fades out somewhere after 1812 and doesn t show up again until 1914 so lots of historical figures and bills The Reform Acts The Irish uestion were news to me As if that weren t bad enough I also had to decipher the Westminster system of government I pieced most of it together while eading but it was so confusing I was sure I was missing a crucial part So I went on to wikipedia and it turns out it s just as confusing as I thought Calling for an election whenever you feel like it Poppycock Casting a vote of no confidence in the government Hell in America we d do that every dayAll that aside I still thought this book was a great The Battle of Resaca read Aldous is excellent at illuminating Gladstone s and Disraeli s vastly different personalities and how they affected British politics for half a century The comparisons are integrated and don t feelepetitive unlike what you ll find in say The Courtier and the Heretic And though I was sometimes lost in historical debates I was Whiff, or How the Beautiful Big Fat Smelly Baby Found a Friend rarely bored So if youe interested in political The Greatest You rivalries and mudslinging in the 19th century fashion I d definitelyecommend The Lion and the Unicorn but make sure you ve got a solid understanding of the basics first A very enjoyable and informative The Elite Way review of two great titans of British political history Both men are given a fair Y 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 hisival was the Grand Corrupter whose destruction he plotted day and night week by week month by month In the tradition of Roy. ,
Earing though it is apparent that the author favours Disraeli over Gladstone which is fine by me as that chimes with my own opinions The book emphasises the struggle between them Crumbs rather than simply giving potted histories of each man which makes the material all the interesting toead Some of Disraeli s barbs aimed at Gladstone were just as funny to ead now as they must have been at the time The book also pulls back the covers on Gladstone evealing his night time dalliances with prostitutes his escue work as he deemed it and his insatiable sexual appetite not something you would expect from the severe portraits and gruff speeches through which we tend to analyse Gladstone s personalityAn excellent book for anyone with even a passing interest in the period and definitely one for Disraeli fans like myself Gladstone and Disraeli were two greatest British statesmen of the second half of the nineteenth century and they hated each other It is almost impossible to write the biography of one without including the other since they were like two sides of the same coin The book is very
well written I would only complain of the excessive use of thewritten I would only complain of the excessive use of the brilliant but it might be possible that the adjective eally applied to every speech made by them Why this period is important In the first half of the nineteenth century British politics was still a exclusive club Only a minority of the population could vote and the parliament was populated almost exclusively by aristocracy After a series of Sealed reforms the voting population was expanded culminating in the ascension of the labour party in the twentieth century Disraeli and Gladstone were the ones that passed the majority of thoseeforms through parliament albeit
From Different Sides Ofdifferent sides of political spectrum It is uite a uniue phenomenon in history elites Sketching From Square One to Trafalgar Square relinuishing power voluntarily to obtain the new electorates sympathy for their parties and an immediate advantage in the political competition It is the second book Iead about the same subject and it is hard for me not to sympathise with Disraeli the The Familiars reason being that he was a jew and thus an outsider to the aristocratic group when he started and because he was of a human character imperfect but capable of great deeds This book also clarified something that puzzled me Gladstone s charity work with prostitutes was not charity at all It s history Jim but not as we know it Let me say first off Ieally enjoyed this It was well written fast paced and had moments of genuine tension The #Author Took An Approach That Combined Actual #took an approach that combined actual with a little bit of cod psychology of personalising these great men by getting inside their heads It generally works though at the cost of marginalising a lot of other big personalities Robert Peel and Palmerston are background characters at best despite being very influential historical and Parliamentary figures The uotes liberally used throughout from contemporary characters are great for context though they contain a certain degree of bias often being close friendsIt must be said though that as a way of making history interesting and accessible this is definitely a success. Jenkins and A N Wilson Richard Aldous has written an outstanding political biography giving us the first dual portrait of this intense and momentous Imepuu 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 persona.