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"Five stars? - No. Four stars? - No. Five stars? - No. Four stars? - No. Five stars? - Yes" - by Geoffrey Woollard (South East Cambridgeshire, England)
I don't really like Lord (Roy) Hattersley. I've never met him and maybe I'm being irrational, but I don't really like Lord Hattersley. This book has not made me like him for, among other things, it exhibits his prejudices and it shows what may be his laziness.

I reckon that David Lloyd George disappointed Hattersley by not, eventually, going over to Labour. I also reckon that Hattersley doesn't approve of Lloyd George's sexual shenanigans. A certain po-faced, politically-correct, middle class, curtain-twitching faux disgust shows through Hattersley's writing. Jack Kennedy's close contemporaries knew full well that the president had always been obsessed with sex. Those contemporaries, in the main, disregarded Kennedy's peccadilloes for they realised that he was greater than his weaknesses. So did Lloyd George's close contemporaries for they realised that he, also, was greater than his weaknesses. Readers will have to make up their own minds about 'The ... full review

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"worthy but slightly joyless." - by dannunzio19 (st albans, england)
This is an extremely well researched study of a peculiar friendship and a great rivalry. It is very interesting and informative but be warned: this is not an easily read piece of popular history and, whilst I would not wish to criticise a book on account of it being scholarly, when one considers the personalities of the two men involved I was left feeling that an opportunity to produce a more entertaining read was missed.

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"The Welsh Wizard" - by Mr. D. W. Potter (Scotland)
A strange title (the "unknown" aspect is not developed) but an excellent book written in a very classical but yet lucid style with loads of words like "irenic" "acephalous" and "autodidact". It gives a great deal of detail on this man who shaped the 20th century, and to whom, like him or not, we all owe a great deal for his determined stands against the House of Lords and indeed the Kaiser. What a pity it was that he and Ramsay Macdonald could not have made a formal coalition in 1924, and indeed 1929! They had a great deal in common, and I am quite happy to describe DLG as a "socialist", particularly after reading Travis Crosby's analysis of him. DLG was a teetotaller with a hatred of alcohol, but was rather too fond of the fair sex, not just, apparently, his acknowledged mistress Frances Stevenson. Winston Churchill, on the ... full review

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"Excellent" - by Jane 1923 (UK)
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which took an interesting slant on a great man not just insofar as it looks at him through his women companions but also through the writer's own great sympathy for and native grasp of Welsh nationalism and sentiment.

She is sympathetic to, but not uncritical of, all 3 main protagonists and I found her work on Lloyd George's youth - particularly the sectarian nature of the various "chapels" fascinating. It is the outcome of an impressive piece of research yet manages to remain readable and accessible.

Question left hanging - why in the present age do we so heavily condemn private sexual "shenanigans" as in some way damning the public actions of the man (it is usually a man!)when Lloyd George is a paradigm of a man with a dubious - if the masses had known about it at the time - private ... full review

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"lloyd george war leader by John Grigg" - by B. Cameron (London UK)
This book is the 4th of a multi-volume definitive biography of Britain's great leader of ww1.The first 3 volumes were superb. However the author john Grigg died shortly before completing this volume. Margaret Macmillan (who wrote a brilliant work on the Treaty of Versailles) has written a good Afterward. There is no bibliography but hopefully this is planned for the final volume(s). There was a Note on Sources
In volumes 1 and 2.
On war, strategy and the relations between Foch and the British generals and Lloyd George’s difficulties with them, Grigg is in his element. On domestic politics similarly Grigg is masterful as in his account of Electoral Reform and Industrial unrest—but every now and then Grigg’s private Liberal Democatic sympathies slip out, berating the PM for not introducing proportional representation in the middle of the Great War. The calm shaded Oxford empiricism disappears into passion, which is ... full review

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"A Difficult Question Well Answered." - by Kate Barber
Chamier has taken on what would seem to many as a daunting and difficult challenge - to find Britain's Greatest Prime Minister. However, he presents his ideas even handedly, guiding the reader through the triumphs and pitfalls of each of the candidates before coming to a conclusion that is well evaluated and and free from partisanship. Overall it is a very insightful and interesting book that makes for apt reading in light of the worst Prime Minister we perhaps ever had in form of Gordon Brown.

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"Lloyd George lives on!" - by quickly279
This book is possibly unique inasmuch that it was written in 1917 when the great Lloyd George was at the peak of his career. It was written by a man who clearly knew him well, and therefore we get a much more accurate picture of him than we would have had from a later author who (however diligently he may research) could never quite match the authenticity of this author. Well worth reading.

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"Some of the contradictions of Lloyd George are what I most took from it - the attacker of Joseph Chamberlain for financial confl" - by Paggis (North Wales)
Well written and researched opening part of Grigg's 4 volume biography of Lloyd George. Some of the contradictions of Lloyd George are what I most took from it - the attacker of Joseph Chamberlain for financial conflicts of interest yet not above his own search for easy money and involving himself in financial shenanigans ( a shimmering gold-mine in Argentina); the opposer of the Boer War on principle, but the reasoning looks flawed, and laced with anti-Semitism; the defender of the non-Conformist side in Wales, whilst personally appearing to regard religion as humbug, though he liked hymns. It makes for an interesting read really - though I do not like Grigg's occasional editorialising - he was obviously an out and out Conservative himself and his assumption that the reader shares his anti-socialist prejudice is unnecessarily obtrusive on occasion.