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Disraeli: A Personal History by [Hibbert, Christopher]
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3.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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'engaging new biography' The Guardian

'a fine new biography…an acute and insightful personal biography.' Andrew Roberts Daily Telegraph

‘In this shouty world, Hibbert's account of the private life of Benjamin Disraeli comes as an immensely dependable relief…Innumerable younger historians owe Hibbert an immense debt, although he is probably too unassuming to allow them to pay it.’ Sunday Times

'…the book is thoroughly enjoyable…What Hibbert does extremely well is to construct a readable, well-written narrative…a superbly skilful historical writer.' The Spectator

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'a welcome new biography'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 722 KB
  • Print Length: 436 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1403978964
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (7 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0044DE91K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #301,634 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is the usual quality biography from CH. (I have his Dickens, too). He never sentimentalizes his subject but always presents them with sympathy and honesty. This study is funny, vivid, sometimes disturbing, but any fan of Dizzy knows he was a complex character, no saint. Hibbert can make politics fascinating, when TV makes the House of Commons look like a cross between a public school dormitory and a public school playground... Great research, great style.
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Hibbert's biographies are always well researched,
enlightening and entertaining. He was particularly
at home in the 19th century as his books on Disraeli
and Queen Victoria demonstrate.
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I do not know if the subtitle of “a Personal History” excuses the book for displeasing me. For what it was, it was well researched, with plenty of quotations from all over the place. But, for anyone wanting an insight, more than superficial, into the personality of this strange man and its psychological begetting, or for anyone who wanted to know more about Disraeli in the wider world, for example a proper survey of his rivalry with Gladstone (who features in this book very much as a bit player), the book is hopeless. Maybe for a “personal history” an author is not required to do more than provide an endless list of what the subject did every morning, what his health was like, where he went, what he said and wrote from time to time, and – apparently above all – what important people he visited, frequented or dined with. If that is indeed all that is required, the requirement has been satisfied.
Another two aspects that did not at all exercise the author’s mind were, first, Disraeli’s speeches and, second, what was happening around Disraeli in England at the time. I would have to say that, unless other evidence could be produced to me, the author is no sort of historian, more of a more of an industrious scribbler.
The author makes it clear in multifarious places how the touchstone of Disraeli’s greatness was his oratory. I would’ve thought he might have allowed us a few examples of it! As far as I recall, we get absolutely zero on that score. On the second point, I have already said that Gladstone is given scant attention, but so is the whole unfolding of history, political and otherwise, around this extraordinary man.
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