free download ô eBook or Kindle ePUB ã Richard AldousGradual conservative reform and international realpolitik especially in defending the Ottoman Turks against the expanding Russian empireThe two men who were so dissimilar in every way and who somehow took the political stance which seemed appropriate to the other one absolutely despised each other It didn t help that een Victoria was clearly infatuated with Disraeli yet threatened to not even accept a government with Gladstone as its head Victoria gave Disraeli and his wife titles they became the Earl and Viscountess of Beaconsfield and ignored his opponent Gladstone s public attacks against Beaconfieldism as the Perdido Street Station (New Crobuzon, ultimate corrupting influence in British life in his famous Midlothian campaign of 1880 helped make him the People s William but only further tanrished theeen s opinion of himSo a great story but the author seems incapable of telling it straight Instead in each chapter we get boring vignettes followed by backtracking over some older stories followed by a series of new narratives with little relation to the political stakes I m sure there are better versions of this amazing tale out there Fascinating and well written 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 #had moments of genuine tension The author took an approach that combined actual history with a little bit 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 characters at best despite being very influential historical and Parliamentary figures The Just Once (The Runaways, uotes liberallysed throughout from contemporary characters are great for context though they contain a certain degree of bias often being close friendsIt must be said though that as a way of making history interesting and accessible this is definitely a success Gladstone and Disraeli were two greatest British statesmen of the second half of the nineteenth century and they hated each other It is almos 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 The Interesting To Readthe interesting to read of Disraeli s barbs aimed at Gladstone were just as funny to read now as they must have been at the time The book also pulls back the covers on Gladstone revealing his night time dalliances with prostitutes his rescue work as he deemed it and his insatiable sexual appetite not something you would expect from the severe portraits and gruff speeches through which we tend to analyse Gladstone s personalityAn excellent book for anyone with even a passing interest in the period and definitely one for Disraeli fans like myself 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 piued It turns out that The Lion and the Unicorn was not the best book for a first foray into the subject Aldous assumes the reader is already familiar with the general timeline and issues of the day and focuses almost entirely on the personal enmity and numerous smackdowns between Gladstone and Disraeli Although the writing is excellent and the hatred palpable I found it somewhat difficult to follow Personally my knowledge of British history fades out somewhere after 1812 and doesn t show Contemporary Plays by African American Women up againntil 1914 so lots of historical figures and bills The Reform Acts The Irish estion were news to me As if that weren t bad enough I also had to decipher the Westminster system of government I pieced most of it together while reading but it was so confusing I was sure I was missing a crucial part So I went on to wikipedia and it turns out it s just as confusing as I thought Calling for an election whenever you feel like it Poppycock Casting a vote of no confidence in the government Hell in America we d do that every dayAll that aside I still thought this book was a great read Aldous is excellent at illuminating Gladstone s and Disraeli s vastly different personalities and how they affected British politics for half a century The comparisons are integrated. Y dandy descended from Sephardic Jews his antagonist was an nprincipled 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. Disraeli is a character and though I think in many ways would
have agreed with Gladstone politically I find his brand of religiosity iteagreed with Gladstone politically I find his brand of religiosity ite 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 collapseDisraeli on the other hand had the heart of a romantic and was able to stir the people and Parliament with his ability with rhetoric and prose I nderstand why een Victoria was ite taken with him This book makes much of the contrasting personalities and their historical dislike for the other Very interesting read Detailed and well written but neual and lacking
contextAldous focuses on the personal nature of the rivalry which helps tofocuses on the personal nature of the rivalry which helps to dryness The ality of the writing is high and consistent throughout so that it is very easy to readHe slightly ndermines 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 prostitutes In describing the response to Gladstone s death he The Ascent of Man uotes The Times Disraeli left a policy a school of admirers and something like a creed and a cult Where are the Gladstonites He does not challenge this statement leading one to believe that he concurs If it was such anneven rivalry why did it deserve 300 pagesSome knowledge of politics and history is assumed and I was left googling around a few of the topics what was the significance of the Corn Laws exactly Who could vote before the first Reform Bill What happened next for the Church of Ireland Did the Peelites run as independents afterwards I guess so It lacked a sentence or two here and there to give sufficient context that you felt like you were learning about British political history and not just a personal rivalry 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 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 to focus on fripperies and odd set piece scenes rather than the real struggle between the two William Gladstone like his hero Tory Prime Minister Robert Peel was the son of a wealthy manufacturer who had bought a country estate and provided his children with all the advantages of the British aristocracy except the title Gladstone s indefatigable high church conscience pushed him to work incessantly He rose through the political ranks and become head of the Board of Trade The Grand Sophy under Peel by 1843 when he was only 34 years old After the Tory Party broke apartnder Peel s low tariff policy he joined the rump group of Peelites fighting for free trade and the memory of their hero He finally moved over to the Liberal Party and became prime minister four separate times Despite his attachment to the Church of England he championed the freedom of Irish Catholicism and eventually Irish nationalism and despite his frugal inclinations supported increased outreach to the poor Gladstone s dark secret however was that he spent many nights wandering the London streets looking for prostitutes nder the guise of saving them and then whipped himself for his transgressions later His whole life he walked a tight line between salvation and damnationBenjamin Disraeli by contrast was the son of an immigrant Jewish family and he wore his converted religion very lightly His fame came from his novels such as Coningsby which became the talk of the literary world and made him a young romantic hero one who rouged his cheeks and sauntered around town in flashy clothes Disraeli soon however also became the surprising hero of the conservative movement that broke with Peel when he defended the value of the aristocracy and the Church of England against liberal reform And despite his scandalous reputation he was intensely attached to his older wife Mary Anne who became one of the most powerful political women in England Disraeli s two terms as prime minister caused him to champion. 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 legendar. And don t feel repetitive nlike what you find in say The Courtier and the And though I was sometimes lost in historical debates find in say The Courtier and the Heretic And though I was sometimes lost in historical debates was rarely bored So if you re interested in political rivalries and mudslinging in the 19th century fashion I d definitely recommend The Lion and the Unicorn but make sure you ve got a solid O viziune a sentimentelor understanding of the basics first 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 tos Aldous assessment of a 21st century audience s needs are a Reality Show like combination of high drama oh no he didn t personal pettiness a fast paced showing of all the highlights on the grandest scale I can t say that he s wrong in that assessment This approach has shortcomings such as if you don t already know about the bills and arguments going on you never feel like you re getting all sides of the story He does explain a few of the bigger bills Reform Bills the important Irish bills but the legislation isn t his focus so much as where each of the two of them came down on supporting it or notNeither is this the dual biography that the back of the book proclaims it to be you don t get everything both of them ever did in their lives You get the highlights their interaction with each other and a really good casting of their personalitiesIt is like a boxing match in that when one rises the other one falls sometimes incredibly Harveys Revised English Grammar uickly Also that the book tries to get you to take sides and root for one or other I had difficulty in rooting for either simply because Aldous was so intent on exposing the flaws of both of them always sullying any triumph with something petty or awful about them My opinion changed many times In the end I endedp thinking that Gladstone was a black and white moralist who only wanted to fight when he could ride in on a white horse but nonetheless had principles and things he cared about and for the great majority of his life he appeared to really stick to those ideas He was also difficult cantankerous had no idea how to deal with people preachy arrogant mean incredibly strict on religion and yet very hypocritical he did extensive rescue work with prostitutes that mostly culminated in him sleeping with them rather than saving them very small and petty on a lot of levels and Como agua para chocolate uite Anti Semitic a lot of which was directed right at Disraeli And yet many of his opinions are things that modern day liberals would agree with self determination anti imperialism non interference abroad secret ballots and expanding the electorate Basically you endp really disliking him though respecting him for several principled stands and some of his opinions You don t want to ever talk to him in heaven thoughDisraeli I was amused by him at first then really disliked him then came back around slowly to respect and admiration for him by the end At first I thought he was kind of an amusing dillettante the Byron wannabe with styles than principles His early years in parliament show him to be capable of lying and backstabbing and vicious vicious personal attacks Which never stopped His absolute insistence on the survival and continuation of the British Empire may be the most consistent principle he stood for along with a general nationalism and slow gradual domestic reform But for awhile it really didn t look like he stood for anything but getting himself in power He even said at one point that he lived for fame and reputation But then his many many talents intersting policies ways of dealing with people and most of all the great description of his performance at the Congress of Berlin and his interaction with Bismarck there s also all that Also he was not a whoremongering hypocritical Christian doing rescue work By all accounts he had great long lasting Romantic relationships with women among them the een He did press for reform Plus he was multitalented he was also a novelist His Romantic personality is realatable his witty ips and speeches magneticEtc etc etc This is definitely the guy you wanted to sit next to at dinner anyway Of the two I definitely was pleased to see Disraeli win whenever he did but I don t think that was the best part of me who wanted him to win all the timeIt s just funny that in this story that was set p to be a boxing match I really ended p not being able to root for either of them fully because you see just how many flaws each of them had It s just a never ending mess Yeah I know That s politics. Jenkins and A N Wilson Richard Aldous has written an outstanding political biography giving Multiple Mayhem (Gabby Duran 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 persona.