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  1. says:

    B 78% Good NotesDepicts Disraeli as a mythic trickster a boundary crossing mischief maker, who by wit and cunning reshapes nature.


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    My interest in politics is mainly rooted in the twentieth century, hence my reading this to improve my knowledge of Disraeli and the period in which he operated.Looking at the names of the authors you might expect a hagiography, but that is not at all the case The authors present a study of Disraeli which is balanced and fair, but draws conclusions which are less than flattering.What they effectively say is that Disraeli was in many ways one of, if not the first of the career politicians who do My interest in politics is mainly rooted in the t...


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    This was a really enjoyable biography of Disraeli The main theme running through was that Disraeli built up a myth, using his novels, for what the Conservatives should do, which was then translated into a mythic idea after his death But then again, does Disraeli need to have used the words Tory Democracy or One Nation Conservatism to have fathered such ideals I love the title, Disraeli, or the Two Lives It felt very appropriate, considering that it s based on Disraeli s Sybil, or the Two This was a really enjoyable biography of Disraeli The main theme running through was that Disraeli built up a myth, using his novels, for what the Conservatives should do, which was then translated into a mythic idea after his death But then again, does Disraeli need to have used the words Tory Democracy or One Nation Conservatism to have fathered such ideals I love the title, Disraeli, or the Two Lives It felt very appropria...


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    I ve been meaning to read about the prime ministers of the nineteenth century for quite some time Whilst starting with Benjamin Disraeli was a rather random choice, I m glad to have made it Authors Douglas Hurd and Edward Young succeeded in writing a biography both informative and highly readable Too often one is sacrificed for the other They present the story of a fascinating figure whose many complexities and quirks defy explanation but also a man who can deservedly be called a great p I ve been meaning to read about the prime ministers of the nineteenth century for quite some time Whilst starting with Benjamin Disraeli was a rather random choice, I m glad to have made it Authors Douglas Hurd and Edward Young succeeded in writing a biography both informative and highly readable Too often one is sacrificed for the other They present the story of a fascinating figure whose many complexities and quirks defy explanation but also a man who can deservedly be called a great prime minister.From his intense rivalry with the implacable Gladstone to his charming of Queen Victoria, the nature of Benjamin Disraeli is perhaps best uncovered through the eyes of his contemporaries The authors are quite perceptive of this, and as a result their biography serves as an intriguing window to some of Victorian Britain s most legendary individuals I keenly recommend Disraeli, or The Two Lives to anyone with an interest in parliamen...


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    I found this to be a very enjoyable biography of 19th century British prime minister Benjamin Disraeli, that attempted to debunk certain myths that continue to surround him today, such as his fatherhood of One Nation Conservatism and Tory Democracy terms which, as authors Douglas Hurd and Edward Young point out, he never actually used, even though he has been the key figure of inspiration for progressive Conservatism since his premiership.The focus is on Disraeli as a contradictory characte I found this to be a very enjoyable biography of 19th century British prime minister Benjamin Disraeli, that attempted to debunk certain myths that continue to surround him today, such as his ...


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    Disraeli was a complex person full of contradictions Perhaps that s why he makes such an excellent subject for a character study Disraeli was a master of words and oratory He has eighty eight quotations attributed to him in the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations A number larger than any other prime minister He also wrote countless novels, which weren t grea...


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    Excellent political biography of one of my favourite political characters This is no hagiography, Disraeli s flaws are all there alongside his considerable achievements The central theme is that this man was possibly the first of the career politicians and that many of his greatest achievements resulted as much, if not , from political expediency than from principled belief Unlike many Disraeli biographies it doesn t focus almost exclusively on the Disraeli Gladstone rivalry, but rather w Excellent po...


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    A fascinating perspective on the personality of a very complex dynamic politician and his relevance to present daypolitics and power.


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    I have to admit, my first thought upon hearing of this book was does the world really need YET ANOTHER Disraeli biography , but it s a worthwhile read nonetheless It doesn t tread an awful lot of new ground, but there are still some fun new bits of research to be gleaned from it, like details from Gladstone s annotations on books in his own library, or assorted cabinet minutes or unexamined bits of correspondence The book s primary aim is a careful debunking of the...


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    I have to confess that my knowledge of mid nineteenth century British politics is rather weak and so I am perhaps not the most clued up reviewer Thanks to this book I do now know the difference betweeen the 14th and 15th Earl of Derby one three times a prime minister who never won an election, the other a foreign secretary who crossed the floor The book provides a very straightfoward, readable and interesting biography of perhaps the most famous certainly recognisable could you tell you G I have to confess that my knowledge of mid nineteenth century British politics is rather weak and so I am perhaps not the most clued up reviewer Thanks to this book I do now know the difference betweeen the 14th and 15th Earl of Derby one three times a prime minister who never won an election, the other a...


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Disraeli or The Two Lives Benjamin Disraeli Was The Most Gifted Parliamentarian Of The Nineteenth Century A Superb Orator, Writer And Wit, He Twice Rose To Become Prime Minister, Dazzling Many With His Famous Epigrams Along The Way.But How Much Do We Really Know About The Man Behind The Words How Did This Bankrupt Jewish School Dropout And Trashy Novelist Reach The Top Of The Victorian Conservative Party And Why Does His Reputation Continue To Have Such A Hold Over British Politics Today In This Engaging Reassessment, Douglas Hurd And Edward Young Explore The Paradoxes At The Centre Of Disraeli S Two Lives A Dandy And Gambler On The One Hand, A Devoted Servant And Favourite Prime Minister Of The Queen On The Other A Passionately Ambitious Politician, He Intrigued And Manoeuvred With Unmatched Skill To Get To In His Own Words The Top Of The Greasy Pole , But He Also Developed A Set Of Ideas To Which He Was Devoted His Political Achievements Are Never Quite What They Seem He Despised The Idea Of A Classless Society, He Never Used The Phrase One Nation , And Although He Passed The Second Reform Act He Was No Believer In Democracy.By Stripping Away The Many Myths Which Surround His Career, Douglas Hurd And Edward Young Bring Alive The True Genius Of Disraeli In This Wonderfully Entertaining Exploration Of His Life.