The Lion and the Unicorn: Gladstone vs. Disraeli eBook

The Lion and the Unicorn: Gladstone vs. Disraeli eBook William Gladstone and Benjamin Disraeli were the fiercest political rivals of the nineteenth century Their intense mutual hatred was both ideologically driven and deeply personal Their vitriolic duels, carried out over decades, lend profound insight into the social and political currents that dominated Victorian England To Disraeli a legendary dandy descended from Sephardic Jews his antagonist was an unprincipled maniac characterized by an extraordinary mixture of envy, vindictiveness, hypocrisy, and superstition For the conservative aristocrat Gladstone, his rival was the Grand Corrupter, whose destruction he plotted day and night, week by week, month by month In the tradition of Roy Jenkins and A N Wilson, Richard Aldous has written an outstanding political biography, giving us the first dual portrait of this intense and momentous rivalry Aldous s vivid narrative style by turns powerful, witty, and stirring brings new life to the Gladstone and Disraeli story and confirms a perennial truth in politics, everything is personal

10 thoughts on “The Lion and the Unicorn: Gladstone vs. Disraeli

  1. Kelly Kelly says:

    This is not a history of 19th century British politics It does not pretend to be so In fact, it states from the first that its mission is to recast the story of Gladstone and Disraeli for a 21st century audience, in a way that will appeal to us Aldous assessment of a 21st century audience s needs are a Reality Show like combination of high drama, oh no he didn t personal p

  2. Susanna - Censored by Susanna - Censored by says:

    Fascinating and well written.

  3. Paula Paula says:

    Sad but true my interest in Disraeli can be traced to a Family Guy episode Peter s blathering on, as he does, and compares someone to Benjamin Disraeli Cut to Disraeli in his study, who looks at the camera and sadly tells the viewer, you don t even know who I am Thus, my curiosity in the infamous British Prime Minister was piqued It turns out that The Lion and the Unicorn was not the best

  4. Frank Stein Frank Stein says:

    This book is a missed opportunity William Gladstone and Benjamin Disraeli were two of the oddest characters to traipse across the 19th century Their political feud reached almost apocalyptic proportions, and came to define the nature of Great Britain when that country was at the pinnacle of global power It s hard to imagine a better feud about which to write Yet time and again the author decides

  5. Colin Hoad Colin Hoad says:

    A very enjoyable and informative review of two great titans of British political history Both men are given a fair hearing, though it is apparent that the author favours Disraeli over Gladstone which is fine by me as that chimes with my own opinions The book emphasises the struggle between them rather than simply giving potted histories of each man, which makes the material all theinteresting to read Som

  6. Thomas Canfield Thomas Canfield says:

    The Lion and the Unicorn by Richard Aldous is an engaging and insightful account of the decades long struggle between Gladstone and Disraeli to forge political majorities in Parliament and to lead and fashion Britain according to Liberal or Conservative principles It was, by any measure, a battle of heavyweights Two men of outsized talent and of correspondingly large egos pitted one against the other, dominating

  7. Carlos Carlos says:

    Gladstone and Disraeli were two greatest British statesmen of the second half of the nineteenth century, and they hated each other It is almost impossible to write the biography of one without including the other, since they were like two sides of the same coin The book is very well written, I would only complain of the excessive use of the word brilliant but it might be possible that the adjective really applied to eve

  8. AshleyS AshleyS says:

    Detailed and well written, but unequal and lacking contextAldous focuses on the personal nature of the rivalry, which helps to avoid dryness The quality of the writing is high and consistent throughout, so that it is very easy to read.He slightly undermines his thesis by seeming to accept that Disraeli was better and Gladstone succeeded only through some phoney religious populism he keeps mentioning Gladstone s reliance on pros

  9. Dean Dean says:

    It s history Jim, but not as we know it Let me say first off, I really enjoyed this It was well written, fast paced, and had moments of genuine tension The author took an approach that combined actual history with a little bit of cod psychology, of personalising these great men by getting inside their heads It generally works, though at the cost of marginalising a lot of other big personalities Robert Peel and Palmerston are background

  10. Catherine McClelland Catherine McClelland says:

    Disraeli is a character and though I think in many ways would have agreed with Gladstone politically, I find his brand of religiosity quite annoying and the hypocrisy of his missionary work to prostitutes Also, Gladstone was like a stereotypical hysterical woman of the Victorian era always on the verge of emotional collapse.Disraeli on the other hand had the heart of a romantic and was able to stir the people and Parliament with his ability wi

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