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A Tribute not a Biography,
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This review is from: Arthur Seldon: A Life For Liberty (Hardcover)
I was very disappointed by this biography: Arthur Seldon was a major economist but discreet by nature so that he was less well-known than he should have been and he merited better. The major flaws in the book are the direct result of its having been written by a friend and long-standing colleague so that Seldon's ideas are never fully examined, put in question or opposed at any point. The book is far too short for the subject (the lines are widely spaced); the biography is dealt with in summary fashion, not to say drily, and the economic ideas of Seldon are presented clearly but in far too simplistic a manner so as to be almost an insult to the intelligence.
To return to the biographical pages, these consist for the major part of tributes and speeches made at his funeral by his sons and also half a dozen obituaries (which can be read online anyway) so that the portrait of the man is hardly objective or as detailed as it might have been. For instance, Arthur Seldon is known to have loved music; this is merely mentioned in passing as though it was of no importance to our understanding of the man. Another event of importance is also passed over too briefly: the role Seldon and his wife played in the successful campaign which led to Eric Lubbock's becoming the first Liberal MP (for Orpington).