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Great Rivalry, The: Gladstone and Disraeli by [Leonard, Dick]
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'Fascinating book about two people whom I know less about than I should ... it combines insight with wit and brevity.'
(David Owen, former Foreign Secretary)

'Dick Leonard has produced masterful portraits of these two remarkable figures. His book, packed with shrewd assessments of the issues and personalities of the Victorian period, will delight and enlighten all lovers of British political history.'
(Mark Garnett, Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Lancaster)

'...a solid and well-told primer…[brings] out splendidly the hilarious priggishness of [Disraeli's] arch-enemy…'
(Sam Leith, The Spectator)

'...Leonard has the journalist's nose for a telling anecdote and a plain, umpompous style...The Great Rivalry is his crowning achievement...written with captivating panache, packed with well-chosen quotations, full of psychological insight...readable, entertaining and illuminating.'
(David Marquand, The New Statesman)

'Riveting' --(House Magazine)

'admirably informative... and a pleasure to read'
--(Roy Hattersley, The Oldie)

'Riveting' --(House Magazine)

"...Leonard has the journalist's nose for a telling anecdote and a plain, umpompous style...The Great Rivalry is his crowning achievement...written with captivating panache, packed with well-chosen quotations, full of psychological insight...readable, entertaining and illuminating." --David Marquand, The New Statesman

About the Author

Dick Leonard is an historian, journalist and author and a former Labour MP. For many years he was Assistant Editor of The Economist, and headed their office in Brussels, where he was later also correspondent of The Observer. Her also worked for the BBC, and contributed regularly to leading newspapers across the world. His publications include The Economist Guide to the European Union, Elections in Britain, A Century of Premiers: Salisbury to Blair; Nineteenth Century British Premiers: Pitt to Rosebery and Eighteenth Century British Premiers: Walpole to the Younger Pitt.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1766 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris; 1 edition (30 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JTV3DVY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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The Great Rivalry; Gladstone and Disraeli, A Dual Biography is the successor to Dick Leonard's excellent trilogy of the lives of British Prime Ministers from the eighteenth century to the present day. Leonard is a leading authority on politics and elections in the UK and EU, and was Assistant Editor and then Brussels Correspondent of The Economist after a term as an independent-minded (Labour) MP himself, and he has brought to the project the freshness of a political journalist skilled in the arts and the pragmatic compromises required in politics and the day-to-day political necessities of finding allies and dealing with dissidents, as well as establishing popular identity as leaders and achievers. The Great Rivalry, building on the individual biographies in the trilogy, describes the political drama of the most fascinating personal rivalry in British political history, between the magisterial Gladstone and the eclectic, mercurial Disraeli, an unlikely Victorian as we imagine them but unexpectedly a favourite (and flatterer) of the Queen. History as it was no doubt seen by contemporary commentators as it happened, and an insight into an age.
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A fun read and a good outline history of the period. Does a great job at making their personalities come to life. I would have liked a bit more about the social context of the times and more depth and detail in the handling of the political history - the history of ideas aspect of the story is rushed by comparison to the personality politics aspect. But I still found it thought-provoking and illuminating as well being a quick and entertaining read.
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This book takes an unusual approach for its biography, although not without precedent given that Plutarch wrote comparative biography back in antiquity.

The book reads well and takes a mainly chronological approach through the rival adventures of the two former chancellors of the exchequer who both went on to be prime minister in their turn. There is an index to assist with finding, particularly, references to characters and an illustrated section in black and white.

Relative to the efforts of Plutarch, the biographies are longer with the final comparison being relatively brief and set out in the final chapter.

A bibliography is provided to give a starting point for those who would read further.

I believe that hard cover and soft cover editions of this book exist but I have seen only the hard cover edition.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good basic history of a major 19th century political rivalry 1 Jun. 2016
By Fort Worth Friend - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent short summary of the careers of Disraeli and Gladstone. It is based entirely on secondary sources, particularly on two monumental biographies done in the late 1900's. It is a a good read if you want to learn the basics about them and about the major political issues in 19th century Britain. Written by a former editor of the Economist.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not that interesting 24 Oct. 2016
By David Dunn-Rankin - Published on Amazon.com
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More of a report than a story. Two fascinating guys but this was more like a history textbook. A well done textbook.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff 2 Sept. 2015
By F. Ninivaggi - Published on Amazon.com
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As good as advertised.
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