The Lion and the Unicorn
Gladstone Vs DisraeliBook - 2007
"London, England. 1835. Two dazzlingly gifted young men meet for the first time over dinner. Brilliant, highly strung William Gladstone is already the rising star of England in the 1830s. Flamboyant, witty Benjamin Disraeli is a notorious society novelist about to take his first steps into politics." "Thus begins the intense rivalry between two men destined to be the greatest leaders of the Victorian Age. In this dramatic dual biography, Richard Aldous - whom the Literary Review has called "a narrative historian of great verve and dash" - tells the story of this tempestuous relationship that would define England during the nineteenth century." "The personality contrasts of these two giants could not have been more striking: Eton- and Oxford-educated Gladstone was a child of the English establishment. Yet even his greatest allies were at a loss to explain his late-night excursions into the streets of London seeking out prostitutes to "rescue" them, and the remorseful self-flagellation that came afterward. Disraeli as a Jew was an outsider. Yet he charmed society women (not least Queen Victoria, who adored him), was aggressively patriotic, and was the greatest master of the English language ever to have held the office of prime minister." "While personal hatred added spice to political rivalry, Gladstone and Disraeli were engaged in a turbulent battle of ideas. As Aldous shows, the issues they faced resemble those of our own time, including wars of religion and ideology between Christians and Muslims, liberal internationalism, humanitarianism, and realpolitik. The pair would come to define the terms of the nineteenth-century debate over constitutional liberty, the rights of the individual, national identity, and imperial expansion. In their struggles on these and many other questions, they wanted supremacy not just in Parliament but also among a new generation of politically engaged citizens."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 2007
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 0393065707 (hardcover)
Branch Call Number: 941.081092 ALD
Characteristics: xv, 368 p.,  p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm