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Description - The Lion and the Unicorn by Richard Aldous

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, month by month'. Victorians were electrified by the confrontation. No wonder that when Lewis Carroll's THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS appeared in 1871, so many readers 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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Book Details

ISBN: 9781844133123
ISBN-10: 1844133125
Format: Paperback / softback
(234mm x 153mm x 29mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Pimlico
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 25-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Richard Aldous

Richard Aldous is Head of History & Archives at University College, Dublin. He writes for the Irish Times and is a political analyst for RTE Television. This is his third book.

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