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Baden-Powell: Founder of the Boy Scouts

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R.S.S. Baden-Powell, who founded the Boy Scouts movement in 1908, was a British military hero during the Boer War and an author, actor, artist, spy, sportsman, and female impersonator. In this absorbing and humane account of Baden-Powell’s extraordinary life, Tim Jeal reveals for the first time the complex figure behind the saintly public mask, showing him to be a man of b ...more
Paperback, 720 pages
Published February 12th 2007 by Yale University Press (first published December 31st 1989)
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Walter Underwood
Extremely detailed, pretty slow going at the beginning, but great for breaking down the mythology. Even without the myth, Baden-Powell was a real pioneer, an army officer founding a boy-run, peace-oriented youth organization to compete with the Boy's Brigade and other military-oriented youth groups.

The book is especially good about the siege of Mafeking. B-P may have embellished a few things, but he was an authentic hero at Mafeking.

And no, the book does not say that B-P was gay. It says that he
It was a slow start. But patience was rewarded. I learned a great deal about a truly fascinating great man who was flawed, but who isn't. Thoroughly balanced, fair and compelling. A must, I would have thought, for all in scouting. I'm not.
Enjoyed it a lot. Entertaining, inspiring, and educational. Definitely recommend it to other Scout leaders.
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