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John Law: A Scottish Adventurer of the Eighteenth Century Kindle Edition

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A wonderful portrait of Law's Paris and Europe, of the Regent and the Jacobites. I loved it and could hardly put it down. (Philip Mansel)

Excellent . . . Buchan's book is both scrupulously researched and humanely curious . . . It has Jacobite politics, elopements, prisons breaks and court scandal . . . much to savour. (Stuart Kelly Scotland on Sunday.)

In Buchan, Law has at last found a biographer who combines an expert understanding of finance, a profound knowledge of 18th-century history, and a novelist's gift for anecdote and pace. The result is an immensely valuable and enjoyable book that conjures a narrative worthy of Robert Louis Stevenson out of a deeply impressive harvest of primary archival research. It is history of the highest class, and will take its place deservedly as the standard biography of Law. (Felix Martin Financial Times.)

Erudite, elegantly-written . . . Full of interesting people, variously disgraceful or brilliant, and of compelling stories overlapped . . . Buchan is possessed of a remarkably well-furnished mind. His story is a tremendous one. (Lucy Hughes-Hallett New Statesman.)

One of our finest writers. (John Burnside The Times.)

I don't believe this country has a better writer to offer than James Buchan. (Michael Hofmann London Review of Books.)

An utterly compelling and captivating work . . . he brings a natural storyteller's relish to his subject (Irvine Welsh Guardian, on The Capital of the Mind.)

Mr Buchan has a clear writing style, a light touch and a irreverent sense of humour . . . he makes difficult subjects accessible and, sometimes, poetic. (Economist.)

In Mr. Buchan's able hands, Smith and his words come across as they should, in all their lucidity and elegance. (William Grimes New York Times, on Adam Smith: and the Pursuit of Perfect Liberty.)

James Buchan's elegant prose sparkles on the page. (New Statesman.)

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The mesmerising story of the eighteenth-century financier of genius who rose from humble Scottish origins to control of the purse-strings of the most powerful nation in Europe

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5628 KB
  • Print Length: 528 pages
  • Publisher: MacLehose Press (6 Sept. 2018)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01INGSS3S
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,367 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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