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Salisbury: Victorian Titan

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At six years of age, Robert Cecil, the 3rd Marquess of Salisbury, was sent to a brutal boarding school he likened to “an existence among devils.” By 23, he was a member of the British Parliament. And before his death at age 73 in 1903, he would spend nearly two decades as Britain’s Prime Minister, single-mindedly driving the British Empire to extend its iron grip to five c ...more
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Published October 28th 2006 by Phoenix (first published March 1st 2000)
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Sam Schulman
Nov 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A great biography of a great pm and the purest conservative ever to hold the office - but he worked perfectly happily in a coalition government with relatively liberal Liberals for years. He was also simultaneously PM and foreign minister - and an intellectual as well.
Whenever he heard a proposal, his first response was "far better not!" If only the book had been much much longer.

Luke
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Pure brilliance. Roberts has wrote a masterly biography - not dwelling too much on anything, yet not leaving anything unexplained. This will surely set a benchmark for good biographies for me - surely, surely. Roberts has done justice to one of the greatest giants of British politics who is often forgotten and often marginalised. He shouldn't be and Roberts certainly rehabilitates him.

Salisbury himself was a great man. He is now forgotten because he did little other than maintain and allow organ
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Sarah Harkness
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
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It took a long time, but it was well worth the read...I picked this book up because I was fascinated by the references to Salisbury's character in Margaret Macmillan's "The War that ended the Peace' and Roberts' masterly scholarship brought him to life. He was an extraordinary personality, a Titan indeed, he served as Prime Minister for nearly 14 years, making him one of the longest serving Premiers this country has ever seen. His early life was unusual...cut off without an allowance by his fath ...more
Pj Mensel
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
THe finest biography that I can ever remember reading. Makes what is relatively dry history seem riveting. This was the end of the Victorian period; things were happening for Britain and Salisbury (along with Gladstone and Disraeli) were an important part of it. The Boer War, Gordon at Khartoum, the beginning of the modern Great Powers rivalries that led to WWI. Its all here. And Salisbury was when he wanted to be, hysterically funny, when writing or even speaking in the House of Lords. thi book ...more
Alasdair Peterson
Fantastic account of the life and times of Lord Salisbury, one of the true characters of the late Victorian era; one of Britain's longest serving Prime Ministers; and a true Tory Titan. Though the book checks in at just over 800 ages, I could gladly have read more as Roberts is an accomplished writer himself. A welcome antidote to the anodyne and faceless nature of much modern politics
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Dr Andrew Roberts, who was born in 1963, took a first class honours degree in Modern History at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, from where he is an honorary senior scholar and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). He has written or edited twelve books, and appears regularly on radio and television around the world. Based in New York, he is an accomplished public speaker, and is represented by Har ...more
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