Top positive review
well written and engaging
22 February 2014
This is an interesting and enjoyable political biography which, although wriiten by two senior Conservatives, does not seek to lionise Disraeli or to hide his often unattractive motivations and behaviours.
Self obessed, extremely ambitions,and often ammoral in his politics and personal life, Disraeli remains interesting for anyone with a sense of history or politics. The man who was delighted to have reached 'the top of the greasy pole' was as capable of great loyalty to those who served him well as he was of unprincipled actions desigined to further either his own or his country's prestige. He brilliantly managed Queen Victoria, turning her initial dislike and distrust of him into a close relationship in which she grew to consider him a friend - making the Queen Empress of India certainly helped but so do the flattery bestoed upon her by Disraeli which led the Queen to feel when in Disraeli's company that she was the cleverest woman in the world.
This is a well written and engaging book, which draws some intersting comparisons with modern politics and political figures, including Boris Johnson, and which penetrates some of the myths surrounding Disraeli's supposed beliefs in a one nation toryism.
Very enjoyable - and I learned a lot about Direaeli and his times