The Lion and the Unicorn (KINDLE)
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That Country Was At country was at pinnacle of global power It s hard to magine a better feud about which to write Yet time and again the author decides to focus on fripperies and odd set piece scenes rather than the real struggle between the two William Gladstone like his hero Tory Prime Minister Robert Peel was the son of a wealthy manufacturer who had bought a country estate and provided his children with all the advantages of the British aristocracy except the title Gladstone s ndefatigable high church conscience pushed him to work ncessantly He rose through the political ranks and become head of the Board of Trade under Peel by 1843 when he was only 34 years old After the Tory Party broke apart under Peel s low tariff policy he joined the rump group of Peelites fighting for free trade and the memory of their hero He finally moved over to the Liberal Party and became prime minister four separate times Despite his attachment to the Church of England he championed the freedom of Irish Catholicism and eventually Irish nationalism and despite his frugal Bankerupt inclinations supportedncreased outreach to the poor Gladstone s dark secret however was that he spent many nights wandering the London streets looking for prostitutes under the guise of saving them and then whipped himself for his transgressions later His whole life he walked a tight line between salvation and damnationBenjamin Disraeli by contrast was the son of an 3D Printing and Beyond: Intellectual Property and Regulation immigrant Jewish family and he wore his converted religion very lightly His fame came from his novels such as Coningsby which became the talk of the literary world and made him a young romantic hero one who rouged his cheeks and sauntered around townn flashy clothes Disraeli soon however also became the surprising hero of the conservative movement that broke with Peel when he defended the value of the aristocracy and the Church of England against liberal reform And despite his scandalous reputation he was Rethinking the Jurisprudence of Cyberspace intensely attached to his older wife Mary Anne who became one of the most powerful political womenn England Disraeli s two terms as prime minister caused him to champion gradual conservative reform and nternational realpolitik especially n defending the Ottoman Turks against the expanding Russian empireThe two men who were so dissimilar n every way and who somehow took the political stance which seemed appropriate to the other one absolutely despised each other It didn t help that ueen Victoria was clearly nfatuated with Disraeli yet threatened to not even accept a government with Gladstone as Wishing for a Home its head Victoria gave Disraeli and his wife titles they became the Earl and Viscountess of Beaconsfield andgnored his opponent Gladstone s public attacks against Beaconfieldism as the ultimate corrupting Dreamsnake influencen British life The Warlord, the Warrior, the War (Rise of the Penguins, in his famous Midlothian campaign of 1880 helped make him the People s William but only further tanrished the ueen s opinion of himSo a great story but the author seemsncapable of telling The Parker Sisters: A Border Kidnapping it straight Insteadn each chapter we get boring vignettes followed by backtracking over some older stories followed by a series of new narratives with little relation to the political stakes I m sure there are better versions of this amazing tale out there Gladstone and Disraeli were "Two Greatest British Statesmen " greatest British statesmen the second half of the nineteenth century and they hated each other It Nach allem, was ich beinahe für dich getan hätte is almostmpossible to write the biography of one without ncluding the other since they were like two sides of the same coin The book s very well written I would only complain of the excessive use of the word brilliant but t might be possible that the adjective really applied to every speech made by them Why this period s mportant 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 reforms the voting population was expanded culminating n the ascension of the labour party How to Worry Less about Money in the twentieth century Disraeli and Gladstone were the ones that passed the majority of those reforms through parliament albeit from different sides of the political spectrum Its uite a uniue phenomenon n history elites relinuishing power voluntarily to obtain the new electorates sympathy for their parties and an mmediate advantage n the political competition It s the second book I read about the same subject and t s hard for me not to sympathise with Disraeli the 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 Children of the Future 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 Disraelis a character and though I think Bettina Von Zwehl: Lament in many ways would have agreed with Gladstone politically I find his brand of religiosity uite annoying and the hypocrisy of his missionary work to prostitutes Also Gladstone was like a stereotypical hysterical woman of the Victorian era always on the verge of emotional collapseDisraeli on the other hand had the heart of a romantic and was able to stir the people and Parliament with his ability with rhetoric and prose I understand why ueen Victoria was uite taken with him This book makes much of the contrasting personalities and their historical dislike for the other Verynteresting read. Jenkins and A N Wilson Richard Aldous has written an outstanding political biography giving us the first dual portrait of this A TYRANNY OF GOD intense and momentous 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 truthn politics everything s persona. Sad but true my nterest n Disraeli can be traced to a
Family Episode Peter Guy Peter blathering on as he does and compares someone to Benjamin Disraeli Cut to Disraeli n his study who looks at the camera and sadly tells the viewer you don t even know who I am Thus my curiosity n the A Deadly Trade infamous British Prime Minister was piued It turns out that The Lion and the Unicorn was not the best book for a first foraynto the subject Aldous assumes the reader Framed for Murder is already familiar with the general timeline andssues of the day and focuses almost entirely on the personal enmity and numerous smackdowns between Gladstone and Disraeli Although the writing s excellent and the hatred palpable I FOUND IT SOMEWHAT DIFFICULT TO found t somewhat difficult to 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 f that weren t bad enough I also had to decipher the Westminster system of government I pieced most of t together while reading but t was so confusing I was sure I was missing a crucial part So I went on to wikipedia and t turns out Squeak! it s just as confusing as I thought Calling for an election whenever you feel liket Poppycock Casting a vote of no confidence Claiming His Bought Bride / Seducing the Enemy's Daughter in the government Helln America we d do that every dayAll that aside I still thought this book was a great read Aldous Pêşbaziya Çîrokên Neqediyayî is excellent atlluminating Gladstone s and Disraeli s vastly different personalities and how they affected British politics for half a century The comparisons are Pick Three integrated and don t feel repetitive unlike what you ll findn say The Courtier and the Heretic And though I was sometimes lost n historical debates I was rarely bored So f you re nterested n political rivalries and mudslinging Across the Table in the 19th century fashion I d definitely recommend The Lion and the Unicorn but make sure you ve got a solid understanding of the basics first The Lion and the Unicorn by Richard Aldouss an engaging and Accidental Commando (Eagle Squadron insightful account of the decades long struggle between Gladstone and Disraeli to forge political majoritiesn Parliament and to lead and fashion Britain according to Liberal or Conservative principles It was by any measure a battle of heavyweights Two men of outsized talent and of correspondingly large egos pitted one against the other dominating the political arena with their oratory their ntellects and the force and dynamic thrust of their personalities To add to the drama all of this took place against the backdrop of Britain s ascendency to the height of her powers as the Industrial Revolution triumphed at home and Great Britain extended her power around the globeAldous book provides than adeuate context for this rivalry but ts focus remains on the two men themselves delivering fascinating portrayals of each depicting not only their many strengths but their Accidental Commando idiosyncrasies their flaws and their failures both political and personal Wheret might be easy to champion one man at the expense of the other Aldous maintains an admirable mpartiality giving to each his due and favoring neither This s easier said than done given the strong contrasts between the two men the genuine hostility and dislike which existed between them and the The Adventurer's Bride inevitable partisanship which such contrasts political and personal give rise toIn the end perhaps the greatest compliment which can be paid to the authors that one finishes the book with a genuine respect and appreciation for both men Though flawed each aspired to greatness and Moto ondoso stabile e altri racconti in than a fewnstances attained All About Me it It s history Jim but not as we knowt Let me say first off I really enjoyed this It was well written fast paced and had moments of genuine tension The author took an approach that combined actual history with a little bit of cod psychology of personalising these great men by getting Son of the Sheriff (Delta Justice, 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 verynfluential 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 nteresting and accessible this s definitely a success Fascinating and well written A very enjoyable and Son of the Sheriff informative review of two great titans of British political history Both men are given a fair hearing thought The Best of Us: A Memoir is apparent that the author favours Disraeli over Gladstone whichs fine by me as that chimes with my own opinions The book emphasises the struggle between them rather than simply giving potted histories of each man which makes the material all the nteresting to read Some of Disraeli s barbs aimed at Gladstone were just as funny to read now as they must have been at the time The book also pulls back the covers on Gladstone revealing his night time dalliances with prostitutes his rescue work as he deemed t and his nsatiable 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 nterest The Anarchist Roots of Geography: Toward Spatial Emancipation in the period and definitely one for Disraeli fans like myself Detailed and well written but uneual and lacking contextAldous focuses on the personal nature of the rivalry which helps to avoid dryness The ua. William Gladstone and Benjamin Disraeli were the fiercest political rivals of the nineteenth century Theirntense mutual hatred was both deologically driven and deeply personal Their vitriolic duels carried out over decades lend profound nsight nto the social and political currents that dominated Victorian England To Disraeli a legendar. .
Lity of the writing s high and consistent throughout so that April in Bloom its very easy to readHe slightly undermines his thesis by seeming to accept that Disraeli was better and Gladstone succeeded only through some phoney religious populism he keeps mentioning Gladstone s reliance on prostitutes In describing the response to Gladstone s death he uotes The Times Disraeli left a policy a school of admirers and something like a creed and a cult Where are the Gladstonites He does not challenge this statement leading one to believe that he concurs If Let It Snow it was such an uneven rivalry why didt deserve 300 pagesSome knowledge of politics and history s assumed and I was left googling around a few of the topics what was the significance of the Corn Laws exactly Who could vote before the first Reform Bill What happened next for the Church of Ireland Did the Peelites run as ndependents afterwards I guess so It lacked a sentence or two here and there to give sufficient context that you felt like you were learning about British political history and not just a personal rivalry This Amorous Liaisons (Harlequin Blaze, is not a history of 19th century British politics It does not pretend to be so In factt states from the first that ts mission s to recast the story of Gladstone and Disraeli for a 21st century audience n 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 n that assessment This approach has shortcomings such as HOW TO PLOT ROMANCE FICTION: KEEP YOUR PANTS ON! HOW TO OUTLINE A ROMANCE NOVEL WHEN YOU ARE AN INTUITIVE WRITER if you don t already know about the bills and arguments going on you never feel like you re getting all sides of the story He does explain a few of the bigger bills Reform Bills themportant Irish bills but the legislation Amorous Liaisons (Harlequin Blaze, isn t his focus so much as where each of the two of them came down on supportingt or notNeither Argentinian Playboy, Unexpected Love-Child (Harlequin Presents Extra, is this the dual biography that the back of the book proclaimst to be you don t get everything both of them ever did Angels Do Have Wings in their lives You get the highlights theirnteraction with each other and a really good casting of their personalitiesIt s like a boxing match n that when one rises the other one falls sometimes ncredibly uickly Also that the book tries to get you to take sides and root for one or other I had difficulty n rooting for either simply because Aldous was so Christmas Cowboy Kisses: A Family for Christmas\A Christmas Miracle\Christmas with Her Cowboy 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 riden on a white horse but nonetheless had principles and things he cared about and for the great majority of his life he appeared to really stick to those Amusement Parks of Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware ideas He was also difficult cantankerous had nodea how to deal with people preachy arrogant mean Monster Trucks Hair in a Can incredibly strict on religion and yet very hypocritical he did extensive rescue work with prostitutes that mostly culminatedn him sleeping with them rather than saving them very small and petty on a lot of levels and uite Anti Semitic a lot of which was directed right at Disraeli And yet many of his opinions are things that modern day liberals would agree with self determination anti mperialism non nterference
Abroad Secret Ballots Andsecret ballots and the electorate Basically you end up really disliking him though respecting him for several principled stands and some of his opinions You don t want to ever talk to him Danger on the Mountain in heaven thoughDisraeli I was amused by him at first then really disliked him then came back around slowly to respect 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 yearsn parliament show him to be capable of lying and backstabbing and vicious vicious personal attacks Which never stopped His absolute nsistence on "the survival and continuation of the British Empire may be the most consistent principle he stood " survival and continuation of the British Empire may be the most consistent principle he stood along with a general nationalism and slow gradual domestic reform But for awhile t really didn t look like he stood for anything but getting himself In anderen Herzen in power He even said at one point that he lived for fame and reputation But then his many many talentsntersting policies ways of dealing with people and most of all the great description of his performance at the Congress of Berlin and his nteraction with Bismarck there s also all that Also he was not a whoremongering hypocritical Christian doing rescue work By all accounts he had great long lasting Romantic relationships with women among them the ueen He did press for reform Plus he was multitalented he was also a novelist His Romantic personality s realatable his witty uips and speeches magneticEtc etc etc This Triumph of the Optimists: 101 Years of Global Investment Returns is definitely the guy you wanted to sit next to at dinner anyway Of the two I definitely was pleased to see Disraeli win whenever he did but I don t think that was the best part of me who wanted him to win all the timeIt s just funny thatn this story that was set up to be a boxing match I really ended up not being able to root 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 This book s a missed opportunity William Gladstone and Benjamin Disraeli were two of the oddest characters to traipse across the 19th century Their political feud reached almost apoc. 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 his rival was the Grand Corrupter whose destruction he plotted day and night week by week month by month In the tradition of Roy.