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William Pitt the Younger

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Hardback, signed by the author. Dustjacket in very good condition. Board covered in burgundy cloth with gilt title on spine.
spine is creased and slightly bumped at bottom. Tightly bound and in very good condition.


A lively, authoritative biography of one of the towering figures in British history who became Prime Minister at the age of twenty-four, written by the youngest-ever leader of the Tory Party. The younger William Pitt - known as the schoolboy' - began his days as Prime Minister in 1783, deeply underestimated and completely beleaguered. Yet he annihilated his opponents in the General Election the following year and dominated the governing of Britain for twenty-two years [nearly nineteen of them as Prime Minister]. No British politician since has exercised such supremacy for so long. Pitt presided over dramatic changes in the country's finances and trade, brought about the union with Ireland, and directed [and was ultimately consumed by] the years of debilitating war with France. Domestic crises included unrest in Ireland, deep division in the royal family and the madness of the King, and a full-scale naval mutiny. He enjoyed huge success, yet died at the nadir of his fortunes, struggling to maintain a government beset by a thin majority at home and military disaster abroad; he worked, worried and drank himself to death. William Hague's biography is comparable to Roy Jenkins's recent bestselling life of Churchill - an eminent politician writing an outstanding Prime Ministerial life - and announces the arrival of a brilliant new historical writer.

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Added value:
Signed by author
Author(s):
Hague, William
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
24.5 x 15.5 x 5 cms
Edition:
First, 2004
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0007147198
ISBN-13:
9780007147199
Number of pages:
652
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Title:
William Pitt the Younger

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Hardback, signed by the author. Dustjacket in very good condition. Board covered in burgundy cloth with gilt title on spine.
spine is creased and slightly bumped at bottom. Tightly bound and in very good condition.


A lively, authoritative biography of one of the towering figures in British history who became Prime Minister at the age of twenty-four, written by the youngest-ever leader of the Tory Party. The younger William Pitt - known as the schoolboy' - began his days as Prime Minister in 1783, deeply underestimated and completely beleaguered. Yet he annihilated his opponents in the General Election the following year and dominated the governing of Britain for twenty-two years [nearly nineteen of them as Prime Minister]. No British politician since has exercised such supremacy for so long. Pitt presided over dramatic changes in the country's finances and trade, brought about the union with Ireland, and directed [and was ultimately consumed by] the years of debilitating war with France. Domestic crises included unrest in Ireland, deep division in the royal family and the madness of the King, and a full-scale naval mutiny. He enjoyed huge success, yet died at the nadir of his fortunes, struggling to maintain a government beset by a thin majority at home and military disaster abroad; he worked, worried and drank himself to death. William Hague's biography is comparable to Roy Jenkins's recent bestselling life of Churchill - an eminent politician writing an outstanding Prime Ministerial life - and announces the arrival of a brilliant new historical writer.

Added value:
Signed by author
Author(s):
Hague, William
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
24.5 x 15.5 x 5 cms
Edition:
First, 2004
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0007147198
ISBN-13:
9780007147199
Number of pages:
652
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Title:
William Pitt the Younger

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