To Thomas Carlyle he was "not worth his weight in cold bacon", but, to Queen Victoria, Benjamin Disraeli was "the kindest Minister" she had ever had and a "dear and devoted friend."
In this masterly biography by England's "outstanding popular historian" (A.N. Wilson), Christopher Hibbert reveals the personal life of one of the most fascinating men of the nineteenth century and England's most eccentric Prime Minister. A superb speaker, writer, and wit, Disraeli did not intend to be a politician.
Born into a family of Jewish merchants, Disraeli was a conspicuous dandy, constantly in debt, and enjoyed many scandalous affairs until, in 1839, he married an eccentric widow twelve years older than him. As an antidote to his grief at his wife's death in 1872, he threw himself into politics becoming Prime Minister for the second time in 1874, much to the Queen's delight.
"Hibbert's lively and engaging portrait of Benjamin Disraeli joins the author's numerous other well-received, popular biographies...A supremely readable and enjoyable study of a colorful, often astonishing and modern character.""An adroitly written evocation of a compelling but enigmatic personality, a man whose ambition, idealism and opportunism would not seem out of place on the political scene today."--"Publishers Weekly""Christopher Hibbert is one of the great British historians of our era. His elegant and lyrical writing has inspired a generation of authors to imitate him. Yet, he remains unsurpassed. "Disraeli "is a timely reminder of why Hibbert is still loved and admired all over the world."--Amanda Foreman, bestselling author of "Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire""Christopher Hibbert has done it again and produced a skillfully written narrative of one of the titans of British politics, Benjamin Disraeli. In "Disraeli" Hibbert has created a vivid human portrait of the statesman. Hibbert is especially adept at
bringing alive Disraeli's close relationship with his eccentric but beloved wife. All in all, a masterful account of an intriguing figure from an accomplished historian."--
Julia P. Gelardi, bestselling author of "Born to Rule"
"Christopher Hibbert's books have long been an inspiration to writers: they are witty, urbane and--most importantly--joyfully readable. In "Disraeli", the author is perfectly matched to his subject, to create a biography that fizzes with energy and intelligence."--Judith Flanders, author of "Inside the Victorian Home
""[An] engaging new biography."--"The Guardian"
"[A] thoroughly enjoyable read...a well-written narrative. [Hibbert] is a superbly skillful historical writer."--"The Spectator""[Hibbert] is a polished practitioner of the biographer's art...a smoothly readable book."--Christopher Kent, "Journal of Historical Biography"
|A Young Man of High Fashion|
|A Continental Holiday|
|Travels and Adventures|
|'The Jew d'Esprit'|
|The Reforming Tory|
|Debts and Duns|
|The Member for Maidstone|
|'Most Brilliant and Triumphant Speeches'|
|'A Pretty Little Woman, a Flirt and a Rattle'|
|A Troubled Courtship|
|A Happy Marriage|
|The Brilliant Orator|
|The Jockey and the Jew|
|The Country Gentleman|
|Balls and Banquets|
|Visits and Visitors|
|Fetes and Follies|
|Distinguished Persons and Private Secretaries|
|The 'Potent Wizard'|
|A Guest as Balmoral and Osborne|
|Ministed in Attendance|
|Prime Minister Again|
|Troubles at Court|
|Earl of Beaconsfield and Viscount Hughenden of Hughenden|
|The 'Guardian Angel'|
|The Last Act|
|'A Wise and Worldly Man'|
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Number Of Pages: 401
Published: 12th June 2007
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.5 x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.492