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"Dazzling in its ways, glittering with clever insights and provocative comparisons" (John Campbell Mail on Sunday)
"Pearce shrewdly captured the problems involved in interpreting the career of a man who fell under the spell of his own speechifying" (E L Devlin Times Literary Supplement)
"Pitt was the hero...He was, as Edward Pearce argues in this revisionist biography, the show business man of war" (The Spectator)
"[Pearce] constantly, often illuminatingly and sometimes wittily, draws parallels between the English politics of Pitt's time and more recent events or personalities" (The Independent)
"This is an immensely readable book - informative, scholarly, but never dry" (Richard Ormrod The Tablet)
This remarkable book opens at the dawn of the British Empire - with the great sea battle at Quiberon Bay where French ships, intended for the 1759 invasion of Britain, are chased, caught and defeated by a fleet commanded by Admiral Sir Edward Hawke. In this momentous victory Britain effectively settled the outcome of the Seven Years' War and established itself as the world's dominant imperial power.
At the heart of the conflict with France was William Pitt, the first Earl of Chatham and Britain's future Prime Minister. Weaving together military history and political biography Edward Pearce provides a portrait of the man 'with an eye like a diamond' - a man who had close ties with the slave trade and who preached war and British supremacy on a world stage. Alongside detailed descriptions of battles in Europe and North America we follow Pitt's career as a politician - one that was closely intertwined with General James Wolfe at Quebec; American independence; the slow mind of George III and the quick one of the rake and outsider John Wilkes.
Edward Pearce scrutinises the real man at the heart of the historical events and mystique surrounding the legacy of Pitt the Elder, to present a rounded and masterful portrait of arguably the most powerful minister ever to guide Britain's foreign policy and of an age which marked a new epoch in history, when the balance of power in Europe and the world was set for almost two centuries.
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Descripción Random House UK, 2011. Paperback. Condición: New. book. Nº de ref. del artículo: M1845951433
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