The Forgotten Prime Minister: The 14th Earl of Derby: Volume I: Ascent, 1799-1851 (Hardback)Angus Hawkins (author)
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 544
Weight: 991 g
Dimensions: 240 x 160 x 50 mm
Hopefully readers will not have to wait long for the remainder of this impressive work. Meantime, the book's publishers should be congratulated on having produced a handsome, illustrated volume, at a fairly reasonable price. * Terry Jenkins, BBC History Magazine *
OUP should be congratulated for publishing this book in two volumes...well-researched, well-written book. * Andrew Roberts, The Sunday Times *
This, the first full-length biography of Derby to be written with access to the archives, will be the only one needed this century...The next volume is eagerly awaited. * Andrew Roberts, The Sunday Times *
Hawkin's high political analysis is almost invariably compelling. He has a great gift for narrative exposition, which he makes look deceptively easy, and his 500 pages race along like one of Stanleys' fillies. * Boyd Hilton, The English Historical Review. *
Hawkins's...achievement [is] in bringing the mind of a reading public back to this curious and significant statesman * Michael Bentley, TLS *
this is real history. Unlike so many political biographers, Hawkins has really mastered the archives. There is much in this book that is new, much that will permanently change interpretations of the period. It is about real politicians, not caricatures or faceless abstractions. Those who already have some acquaintance with the early years of the nineteenth century will find great pleasure in reading this book * Leslie Mitchell, Literary Review *
very full, well-executed and revealing * J. P. Parry, Parliamentary History *
a rewarding read and one to which scholars will have to pay continuing attention ... remarkable * Allen Warren, History (Reviewing Volumes 1 and 2) *
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