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Description - Friendship and Betrayal by Graham Stewart

"There are no friendships at the top", claimed David Lloyd George. History shows that the nearer a person gets to the summit of power, the more hazardous they find the conflicts between personal attachments, political expediency and their own interpretation of "the common good". Here are four stories about friendship which turned sour on collision with the national interest. The first concerns itself with the friendship of Sarah Churchill and Queen Anne at the turn of the 18th century. Sarah had been Anne's principal friend, advisor and confidant and their conflict, when Anne ascends the throne, is dramatic. The second story moves to 19th-century France and describes the schism between Napoleon and his generals, Murat and Marmont. Next author Graham Stewart looks at Britain at the turn of the 20th century and shows how rivalries between Asquith, Lloyd George and their supporters caused a cataclysm in the Liberal party. The final narrative describes the corrupt American presidency of Warren Harding, whose administration was packed with cronies. Harding, forced to choose between friendship and country, chose his gambling friends to disastrous effect.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780297646617
ISBN-10: 0297646613
Format: Hardback
(242mm x 166mm x 37mm)
Pages: 400
Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Graham Stewart

Graham Stewart studied Modern History at St Andrews University before going up to St John's College, Cambridge. He has written leaders for THE TIMES for whom he wrote the Murdoch Years volume of THE HISTORY OF THE TIMES published in 2005.

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