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Asquith [Kindle Edition]

Roy Jenkins
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First published in 1964, Asquith was one of the most crucial and controversial of modern Prime Ministers. He was opposed with a bitterness and a violence that English politicians have not subsequently known, yet he enjoyed eight and a half years of unbroken power, and for at least the first six years of these he presided with an easy authority over the most talented government of this century. The issues which he confronted were momentous – Peers v. People, Ireland, and the Great War. Bringing to bear exceptional knowledge, judgement, insight and tolerance, he survived them all. His fall seemed therefore all the more shocking.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1230 KB
  • Print Length: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Reader; 1 edition (22 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BWL8L02
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #98,224 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Finglen
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A riveting account of the last Liberal prime minister of Great Britain. Jenkins is expert in piecing together the multifarious strands of such a complex personality and leading the reader through the tortuous issues surrounding the questions on Irish home rule and management of the First World War. The background of self-interested politicians fighting each other for their pet projects and in pursuit of personal agendas is quite frightening at times. At one point Asquith notes almost in passing to one of his correspondents that eight resignations are contemplated! In the end his urbane style fails to prevent his fall from grace and we shall never know how WW1 might have ended had he, rather than Lloyd George, remained PM. At a time when it seems the last thing a politician contemplates is resignation - even if he or she has presided over numerous disasters - it is useful to look back to a time where resignations were used as a bargaining chip in pursuit of ones own ends. Not only is this book good for a student of history it also teaches much about twentieth century politics and human nature.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of many Jenkins biographed. 19 Jan 2014
By Lee
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Somewhat dated but still an excellent introduction to this Prime Minister. Jenkins had a rich style of presentation though at times he is inclined to go off in other directions, but a good solid biography
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Well written as all Woy's books are. There is a sense of the author's sympathy for Asquith and how his premiership slid from perfection to internal bickering completely without his being to do anything about it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Heavy going 30 Aug 2014
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I was so disappointed in this. I am an addict of political biographies and assumed that this would be a useful addition to my collection. But I found it impossibly heavy going, with a rather pompous style and nothing to grab my attention. I gave up half-way through.
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