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George Canning

by Wendy Hinde

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This is an excellent, well written political biography of Canning, who while he served only a few months as Prime Minister, was influential in British government for almost four decades. This is a quite detailed biography and yet is focused on the political figure, providing just brief glimpses of his personal life. However, this does not take away at all from the value of the text; by zeroing in on the political life Ms HInde is able to explore in great detail the nuances of British politics from the mid-1790's till Canning's death in 1827.

The reader should be forewarned however that the author has written for those with a good grasp of British history of the period as well as a deep understanding of British parliamentary procedures. Even with the ability to access many resources via the Internet, the less well-informed reader will still be challenged to understand some details, however this should not be seen as a disincentive but rather something that would encourage the diligent reader to obtain a greater understanding of these times. Certainly the quality of the writing will be of great help, as well as the author's subtle humor and clearly stated prose. ( )
  jztemple | Nov 4, 2014 |
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`Wendy Hinde has used the new material to produce a life which is not only the best book on Canning which has yet appeared, but one that will not easily be surpassed. She has performed admirably the fundamental task of all political biography: how to combine a clear and satisfactory account of the historical context with a vivid and convincing portrait of a personality...this is a satisfying and valuable book.'Norman Gash, New Statesman `Miss Hinde manages the eternal compromise of biography: striking the right balance between the central character and background events, with great skill.'Leslie Mitchell, THES Miss Hinde's book is a distinguished work of historical biography. Its scholarship seems to me faultless and its narrative power considerable.'Roy Jenkins, Observer `This life of George Canning is the best of those that have been produced about this remarkable statesman...it is most enjoyable and instructive to read.'Lord Butler, The Times `Altogether this is an ambitious project, well executed, and an admirable biography of one of Britain's more attractive statesmen.'TLS From the age of Pitt to the age of Peel, Canning dominated British politics. A gifted orator and debator, he towered above his rivals in the House of Commons. M.P. at twenty-three, Foreign Secretary at thirty-seven, and Prime Minister at fifty-seven, Canning ranks among the most distinguished statesmen in history. Few can fail to be fascinated by this compelling and controversial figure.

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