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Curzon Imperial Statesman (Paperback)

Author:  David Gilmour
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0374530246
ISBN-13: 9780374530242
Sku: 31296209
Publish Date: 2/7/2006
Sales Rank: 57888
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 1.25T
Pages:  684
Age Range:  NA
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"Elegant biography . . . a fast-moving, entertaining, and finely written story." --Simon Schama," The New Yorker George Nathaniel Curzon's controversial life in public service stretched from the high noon of his country's empire to the traumatized years following World War I. As viceroy of India under Queen Victoria and foreign secretary under King George V, the obsessive Lord Curzon left his unmistakable mark on the era. David Gilmour's award-winning book is a brilliant assessment of Curzon's character and achievements, offering a richly dramatic account of the infamous long vendettas, the turbulent friendships, and the passionate, risky love affairs that complicated and enriched his life.
Born into the ruling class of what was then the world's greatest power, Curzon was a fervent believer in British imperialism who spent his life proving he was fit for the task. Often seen as arrogant and tempestuous, he was loathed as much as he was adored, his work disparaged as much as it was admired. In Gilmour's well-rounded appraisal, Curzon is seen as a complex, tragic figure, a gifted leader who saw his imperial world overshadowed at the dawn of democracy.
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"Elegant biography . . . a fast-moving, entertaining, and finely written story." --Simon Schama, The New Yorker
 
George Nathaniel Curzon's controversial life in public service stretched from the high noon of his country's empire to the traumatized years following World War I. As viceroy of India under Queen Victoria and foreign secretary under King George V, the obsessive Lord Curzon left his unmistakable mark on the era. David Gilmour's award-winning book is a brilliant assessment of Curzon's character and achievements, offering a richly dramatic account of the infamous long vendettas, the turbulent friendships, and the passionate, risky love affairs that complicated and enriched his life.

Born into the ruling class of what was then the world's greatest power, Curzon was a fervent believer in British imperialism who spent his life proving he was fit for the task. Often seen as arrogant and tempestuous, he was loathed as much as he was adored, his work disparaged as much as it was admired. In Gilmour's well-rounded appraisal, Curzon is seen as a complex, tragic figure, a gifted leader who saw his imperial world overshadowed at the dawn of democracy.
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David Gilmour's biography of George Nathaniel Curzon, the Viceroy of India who served under Queen Victoria, recounts the colorful career of the larger-than-life figure who was considered by some to have been a great administrator, and by others to represent the worst of Britain's imperial past. Gilmour shows Curzon to have been among the best and the brightest of his time, possessing a deep and broad knowledge of the subcontinent, and he portrays the British Empire at its greatest height and at the dawn of its decline.

Praise

New Yorker
"Gilmour has a soft spot for Curzon, and he succeeds in persuading the reader that his subject was a fundamentally decent, startlingly egotistical, surpassingly learned man who combined huge reserves of self-belief with an almost incredible opportunity to alienate everyone he thought his inferior." - Simon Schama 06/09/2003

New York Times Book Review
"[A]s an essay in rehabilitation, CURZON:IMPERIAL STATESMAN makes a powerful case for its subject. This is a biography in the old-fashioned mode. Curzon's private life only rarely intrudes, Gilmour never delves into forensic psychology, and there is no attempt to spare the reader the intricacies of British party politics. In other words, this is a biography for adults. Curzon, who preferred facts to sentiment, would have been pleased." - Amanda Foreman 06/29/2003

Atlantic Monthly
"Until now no single work adequately chronicled Curzon's entire life. [An] absorbing, intelligent, quizzical, and stylish biography...." - Benjamin Schwarz July/August 2003

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Product attributePublisher:   Farrar Straus Giroux
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