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Disraeli : The Victorian Dandy Who Became Prime Minister - Christopher Hibbert


The Victorian Dandy Who Became Prime Minister


Published: 12th June 2007
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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
Mental Breakdown
Travels and Adventures
'The Jew d'Esprit'
The Candidate
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
Young England
Coningsbyand Sybil
Damning Attacks
The Jockey and the Jew
The Country Gentleman
The Chancellor
Marital Difficulties
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
The Widower
Female Friends
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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ISBN: 9781403978967
ISBN-10: 1403978964
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 401
Published: 12th June 2007
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.5  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.492
Edition Number: 1