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John Wilkes: The Scandalous Father of Civil Liberty by [Cash, Arthur]

John Wilkes: The Scandalous Father of Civil Liberty Kindle Edition

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'....a good solid introduction to this remarkable figure.' -- The Week, April 1 2006

'....worthy addition to the library of anyone who applauds gentlemanly scholarship, maverick politicians, and the spirits of liberty and libertinism.' -- The Sunday Times, April 9 2006

'...a good introduction to John Wilkes's life and times...' -- Francis Wheen, The Spectator, March 4 2006

'...action-packed... Cash's racy commentary has about it a journalistic flair of which his subject would approve.' -- Frances Wilson, New Statesman, March 6 2006

'Cash exposes lesser-known details about Wilkes's dealings with Thomas Coram's foundling hospital...[and] other interesting revelations...' -- Julie Peakman, BBC History Magazine 'Book of the Month', March 2006

'Cash tells this colourful story well...there are some delightful descriptions.' -- Geoffrey Robertson, The Times, March 11 2006

'The narrative races along in a colourful style matching the swashbuckling life of his subject...Cash suceeds brilliantly.' -- David Johnson, History Today, August 2006

'The pages of this book sizzle with intrigue and indecency. It's a bracing read, not for the faint of heart.' -- The Independent, March 31 2006

'[An] informative and enjoyable new well researched, so full of fascinating delightfully buoyant.' -- John Barrell, London Review of Books, 6th July 2006


One of the most colourful figures in English political history, John Wilkes (1726 - 97) is remembered as the father of the British free press, defender of civil and political liberties and hero to American colonists, who attended closely to his outspoken endorsements of liberty. Wilkes's political career was rancorous, involving duels, imprisonments in the Tower of London and the Massacre of St. George's Fields, in which seven of his supporters were shot dead by government troops. And he was equally famous for his 'private' life - a confessed libertine, a member of the notorious Hellfire Club and the author of what has been called the dirtiest poem in the English language. This lively biography draws a full portrait of John Wilkes from his childhood days through his heyday as a journalist and agitator, his defiance of government prosecutions for libel and obscenity, his fight against exclusion from Parliament and his service as lord mayor of London on the eve of the American Revolution. Told here with the force and immediacy of a firsthand newspaper account, Wilkes's own remarkable story is inseparable from the larger story of modern liberties and how they came to fruition.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7267 KB
  • Print Length: 497 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (11 Feb. 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0015E46TQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #914,152 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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