Disraeli: Or, the Two Lives

Author(s): Rt Hon Lord Douglas Hurd

Biography & Memoir

Benjamin Disraeli was the most gifted parliamentarian of the nineteenth century and a superb orator, writer and wit - but how much do we really know about the man behind the words? 'As Douglas Hurd and Edward Young point out in their splendidly written, finely judged and thoroughly persuasive book, a vast chasm yawned between the real Disraeli and his posthumous reinvention' Dominic Sandbrook, SUNDAY TIMES 'Not only, they tell us in this vigorously debunking romp through his political life, did he never use the phrases "One Nation" or "Tory Democracy", he was actively hostile to the concepts that they are now understood to represent' Sam Leith, THE SPECTATOR 'The book is more a study in character ...than a staid political narrative. As a result, Disraeli: Or the Two Lives is full of unexpected jolts and paradoxes ...It proves an unflagging pleasure to read' Richard Davenport-Hines, GUARDIAN 'So intoxicating that you will find yourself snorting it up in one go, as I did, with great pleasure' Boris Johnson, MAIL ON SUNDAY


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A 'gripping, succinct and lethal' (Matthew Parris, THE TIMES) reappraisal of the life of Benjamin Disraeli, the most celebrated and colourful politician of the nineteenth century.

Douglas Hurd is a former diplomat, member of parliament, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary. He is the author of a number of works of fiction and history, including a much-admired biography of Robert Peel and, most recently, CHOOSE YOUR WEAPONS, a history of British foreign policy. He lives in Oxfordshire and London. Edward Young gained a first-class degree in history from Clare College, Cambridge, and studies as a Mellon Scholar at Yale University. He has worked as a speechwriter for David Cameron and as chief of staff to the Conservative Party chairman. He currently works at Brunswick Group LLP. DISRAELI is Edward's third book in collaboration with Douglas Hurd. He lives in London.

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  • : 9780753828328
  • : Orion Publishing Co
  • : Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • : March 2014
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : May 2014
  • : books

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  • : 1
  • : Paperback
  • : Rt Hon Lord Douglas Hurd