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John Bright: Statesman, Orator, Agitator

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John Bright was one of the greatest British statesmen of the 19th century: in a series of Punch cartoons in 1878, Bright featured alongside Disraeli and Gladstone as the three greatest politicians of the age. However, his impressive contribution to British politics and society has been virtually forgotten in the modern world. Bright played a critical role in many of the mo
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published November 15th 2011 by I. B. Tauris (first published January 1st 2011)
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It's nice to see that John Bright is still receiving some attention in the modern era, but it's a shame he hasn't been better-served by this biography. Bill Cash seems like an odd man to tell the story of a prominent 19th-century Radical, but apparently he is a distant relative of the famed reform/free trade/etc. campaigner, so I suppose he has a personal stake in the matter, trying to rescue his predecessor from the obscurity into which he has so puzzlingly fallen.

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Although I espouse very different political views to Bill Cash, I am enjoying his biography of John Bright, whom I also regard as a political hero (albeit with his flaws and an appreciation that he was a man of the mid-19th century not the 21st). I have admired Bright since I became aware of him as a teenager studying Chartism and the Anti-Corn Law League as a secondary school pupil 30 years or so ago, and in my late 20's managed to secure my own second hand copy of Trevelyan's 1911 Biography. I ...more
Toby Stoops
A politician not well known in the US, but very interesting man. Author is ok.
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