Gladstone: A Biography (Penguin Classic Biography) Paperback – 28 Jun 2001
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"* 'All who care for serious biography will find it absorbing' - THE TIMES * 'What an excellent book' - Sir Harold Nicolson * 'He writes with lucid grace; his judgement strikes me as almost impeccable' - THE SUNDAY TIMES * 'He was one of the giants of the age. Sir Philip Magnus has done full justice to his commanding personality' - DAILY MAIL"
About the Author
Sir Philip Magnus was a distinguished historian and is the biographer of Edmund Burke, Sir Walter Raleigh, Lord Kitchener and Edward VII, as well as Gladstone.
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To the dilemma of constructing a faithful yet interesting and readable biography Magnus provides a sensible blend of chronological narrative, discussion of issues and judgmental comment. The prose is eminently readable, condensing the mass of research material sensibly. The reader gains a satisfying summary of some of the great controversies along with a helpful sprinkling of atmospheric facts and detailed information. 1909, the opening page informs us, was the birth year of Lincoln, Darwin and Tennyson, in the first of many such helpful ambient references which help to set the material in it’s context.
The last premiership seems a bit rushed and occasionally the judgments seem a bit too opinionated and one ends with the feeling that there were aspects of Gladstone which Magnus did not fully understand. The attempt in the last few pages to weigh the legacy of Gladstone, if short is very helpful.
With excellent pace and prose Magnus has provided an excellent and readable biography which, when compared with Jenkins’ more recent, rather longer and somewhat inferior work, serves to prove that the long passage of time does not always allow for a more mature assessment of history.
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