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David Lloyd George: The Great Outsider Paperback – 1 Mar 2012
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'Some startlingly modern parallels . . . An entertaining and illuminating biography . . . When we come to the lurid drama at the end of 1916, Hattersley is excellent' --Geoffrey Wheatcroft, OBSERVER
'A vivid, comprehensive and timely account of the most remarkable political personality of the last century' --John Campbell, MAIL ON SUNDAY --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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But this is a minor problem compared to the fact that Hattersley has clearly failed to do some basic research. His account of the 1894-6 Cymru Fydd conroversy, for example, collapses into nonsense when he describes Lloyd George's plans to secure the abolition of the South Wales Liberal Federation as follows:
'The Obstructive South Wales Liberal Federation would be superseded and engulfed by the Rhondda Liberal Association...'
This in all seriousness!! The Rhondda Liberal Association was a constituency association, which belonged to the South Wales Liberal Federation, not a similar, more nationalist body. How Hattersley has developed this idea is frankly beyond me, unless he hasn't thought to check any one of dozens of books on this subject. This speaks of sloppy writing, as well as sloppy thinking.
Equally, the identification of Mabon, MP for the Rhondda, as 'Anti-Nationalist' is to assume that only Lloyd George's version of nationalism was the correct one. Given that Lord Hattersley has been advised by Kenneth Morgan and John Graham Jones, one would expect better. Even if he had not been, there is the assumption that a writer would acquire a proper knowledge of his subject before putting pen to paper.Read more ›
Lloyd George got himself noticed by attacking people through breathtakingly rude yet witty insults, on a scale which would probably be quite unacceptable today. His "weathercock" attitude to many issues makes for confusing reading at times. He opposed votes for women on the practical grounds that this would give the Tories an unfair advantage until suffrage was extended to men without property. This illustrates the ultra-pragmatism which enabled him to negotiate with employers and unions to avert strikes, and bring peace to Ireland - yet always there was his tendency to give different parties different impressions - to the point of appearing to lie - so that "solutions" were too often short-lived.
We are told that LG "felt no loyalty to either institutions or individuals ...yet he remained true ... to a few ideas...Read more ›
I reckon that David Lloyd George disappointed Hattersley by not, eventually, going over to Labour. I also reckon that Hattersley doesn't approve of Lloyd George's sexual shenanigans. A certain po-faced, politically-correct, middle class, curtain-twitching faux disgust shows through Hattersley's writing. Jack Kennedy's close contemporaries knew full well that the president had always been obsessed with sex. Those contemporaries, in the main, disregarded Kennedy's peccadilloes for they realised that he was greater than his weaknesses. So did Lloyd George's close contemporaries for they realised that he, also, was greater than his weaknesses. Readers will have to make up their own minds about 'The Goat.'
Hattersley's - or somebody else's - laziness exhibits itself in the book by and through the numerous typographical and spelling errors. Somebody - Hattersley or somebody else - should have fixed these errors that are inexcusable in the spell-check age. Errors of fact are also worrying, for one never know that, if one spots one - Abraham Lincoln was not born at Louisville, but near Hodgenville, Kentucky - how many more there are. Not good for stars for an Amazon review.
But, but, but ...Read more ›
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A good read but something of Hattersley's political bias comes through. But he is the author!Published 3 days ago by G. Lee
Great insight into how politics at the top works, which casts some doubts on the achievements of Lloyd George, in particular his part in the Treaty of Versailles. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Trollope
Well done Roy, good spread of achievements not just the flawed side of his character.Published 8 months ago by Scooby
A good book written about a great man by someone I believe was not an admirer. Possibly if Lloyd George was a socialist the tone of the book would have been slightly different. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Wyn Davies
A well researched and well written biography with plenty of anecdotal content to keep you engaged in the amazing personality that was Lloyd George. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Dolomede
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