The Lion and the Unicorn: Gladstone Vs Disraeli

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Gladstone and Disraeli were the fiercest political rivals of the modern age. Their intense hatred was ideological and deeply personal. Victorian Britain ruled the oceans and vast territories 'on which the sun never set'. The vitriolic duel between Gladstone and Disraeli was nothing less than a battle to lead the richest and most powerful nation on earth. To Disraeli, his antagonist was an 'unprincipled maniac' characterised by an 'extraordinary mixture of envy, vindictiveness, hypocrisy and superstition'. For Gladstone, his rival was 'The Grand Corrupter' whose destruction he plotted 'day and night, week by week, and month by month'. Victorians were electrified by the confrontation. No wonder that when Alice through the looking glass appeared in 1871, everyone recognised the great adversaries as the warring lion and unicorn 'fighting for the crown'. Richard Aldous gives us the first modern telling of this dramatic story of an intense and momentous rivalry. His vivid narrative style - at turns powerful, witty, stirring and theatrical - breathes new life into a familiar, half-remembered tale that is pivotal in Britain's island history. "The Lion and the Unicorn" is a brilliant rethinking of the Gladstone and Disraeli story for a new generation. Richard Aldous confirms a perennial truth: in politics, everything is personal.

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'...a narrative historian of great verve and dash...This is a
first-class historical drama, expertly told.' -- Literary Review, October 2006

'Aldous's method is selective and very clever...The result is a
hugely enjoyable joint biography.' -- The Independent, October 10, 2006

'Fascinating...No two men did more [...] to establish the
personality politics that have become such a feature of modern politics.' -- Sunday Business Post, October 29, 2006

'This book is a romp. Aldous writes fluent, vivid prose and he
excels at scene-setting...entertaining and thought-provoking' -- The Spectator, December 12, 2006

'a detailed, entertaining account...set with just the kind of care
and skill these two extraordinary adversaries undoubtedly deserve'
-- The Irish Times, December 30, 2006

'a spirited account of the intensely personal hatred between these
two complex individuals...tremendously readable'
-- BBC History Magazine, December, 2006

'a triumph of both conception and presentation' -- Sunday Independent, December 1, 2006

'engaging and highly entertaining' -- Sunday Times, December 10, 2006

`Engaging and highly entertaining' -- Sunday Times

`Popular history of the struggle for power between Gladstone and
Disraeli... Full of amusing details about these two Victorian titans' -- Daily Telegraph `Books of the Year'

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The dramatic confrontation between the two 'mighty opposites' of the Victorian age, brilliantly recreated by a talented young historian.

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