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David Lloyd George: The Great Outsider

David Lloyd George The Great Outsider A biography of David Lloyd George who was the authentic radical of British history and rose from his cottage bred origins to become Prime Minister of Great Britain acclaimed in as the man who wo

  • Title: David Lloyd George: The Great Outsider
  • Author: Roy Hattersley
  • ISBN: 9781408700976
  • Page: 101
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A biography of David Lloyd George who was the authentic radical of British history and rose from his cottage bred origins to become Prime Minister of Great Britain, acclaimed in 1918 as the man who won the war.

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    1. On the last Sunday in June 1911, Frances Stevenson (Lloyd George’s second wife) was taken by a friend to morning service at the essentially Welsh Baptist Church in Castle Street, Covent Garden. Lloyd George preached the sermon and she ‘instantly fell under the sway of his electric personality. I listened to his silver voice, observed his mastery over his audience Although he spoke almost entirely in Welsh, I felt myself in some mysterious way drawn into the orbit of his personality'.It is re [...]

    2. I picked this one up, started it, put it down, picked it up weeks later, put it down, you know, is it him or is it me or maybe it’s David Lloyd George? But I think it’s him. Here’s the thing – I need the shelf space and this chunk is 700 pages. I bought this on a whim and now I need room for my more recent whims, which I hope will be more entertaining than this tiresome and bewildering trudge.Here’s the other thing – he’s writing this for fellow wonks. You can tell because he never [...]

    3. This author spent so much time telling me that Lloyd George was a pragmatic self-serving womanizer with not beliefs and implying that he was over rated that I went right off the book. Considering that Llloyd George spent his life trying to lessen the gap between rich and poor and that he instituted the age pension, its hard to believe that he had no firm beliefs at all or was completely self serving. I look forward to a less negative biography.

    4. David Lloyd George is a fascinating historical figure. A man who began life in a small Welsh village and ended up becoming Prime Minister and an immortal figure in British political history. Credited as the man who 'Won' the First World War and brought about great social changes there is a big difference between Lloyd George the polititian and Lloyd George the private man.I first learnt about Lloyd George in school, even back then I recall being impressed at what he acheived during his political [...]

    5. David Lloyd George wasn't an easy person to like. Perhaps, this is why Roy Jenkins has declined to write a biography of Lloyd George himself. But for some reason, he didn't have any issue with suggesting to Roy Hattersley that he ought to write one. Hattersley masterfully sketches LG for better and for worse. If there is one thing to be said for certain about this biography, it is that Hattersley doesn't try to glorify his subject.LG was no saint. He had numerous affairs over the years and rathe [...]

    6. I enjoyed the book and I suppose also the undercurrent of the author's struggle to overcome his dislike for his subject. This latter point is surprising in that I had assumed that the radicalism of LG would have been something Roy Hattersley would have found sympathetic - similarly for Roy Jenkins. The plus side of the book is the politician's insights into and understanding of the nuances of another politician's life - the compromises, the cynicism of having to manoeuvre amongst friends, allies [...]

    7. Roy Hattersley is not a man to use one word when ten words will do. This book meanders along, every sentence and paragraph festooned with facts. It's as if Mr Hattersley couldn't bear to let any piece of his research hit the cutting room floor. The book, which spans some of the most dynamic times in British history, lacks for drama. It mingles Lloyd George's political intrigues with his complicated love life, which should be absorbing (and sometimes it is), but often the sweep of events is lost [...]

    8. Bit of a slog. It's a long book but it didn't have to be even though LG led a long and busy life. But too much extraneous detail for my un-scholarly liking. The book does come alive in its middle period from 1905-1922 when clearly LG was in his prime. Shame we have to wade through a lot before and after as well.

    9. It's pretty clear that Hattersley really doesn't like Lloyd George, but there is much to dislike about the man. In fact, notwithstanding his main political achievements he's a pretty poor excuse for a Liberal.The book is worth reading precisely because it's not hagiography but it takes too long to get going and many readers may have given up by then.

    10. Generally enjoyed this; can be heavy going at times and there's a lot of assumption made by Hattersley that people will know more about the period or certain incidents which can make certain parts of it frustrating. All in all though, it was interesting to read and would recommend for anyone with an interest in British politics or 20th Century history.

    11. Good - but not great. Too much detail on some inconsequential stuff and too much background knowledge presumed on behalf of the reader. Some lovely phrases used by Hattersley who is an accomplished wordsmith. However I sort of wish that Roy Jenkins had overcome his prejudice against Lloyd George and written the book.

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