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by Tim Jeal
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0300091036, Paperback)R.S.S. Baden-Powell, who founded the Boy Scouts movement in 1908, was a British military hero during the Boer War and an author, actor, artist, spy, sportsman, and female impersonator. In this absorbing and humane account of Baden-Powell’s extraordinary life, Tim Jeal reveals for the first time the complex figure behind the saintly public mask, showing him to be a man of both dazzling talents and crippling secret fears.
Reviews of the earlier edition:
Baden-Powell’s life story is as rich and engrossing as any of his memorable campfire yarns . . . a monumental biography.”Zara Steiner, New York Times Book Review
In an age of good biographies, here is one that deserves to be called great . . . a magnificent book.”Piers Brendon, Mail on Sunday
Jeal’s Baden-Powell is brave and self-seeking, devious and honorable, a domestic paragon whose repressed homosexuality fired his career, a soldier of genius who ultimately rejected militarism. . . . The story that Tim Jeal has to tell is epic, funny, and touching.”Philip Oakes, New Statesman
Superb.”Ian Buruma, New York Review of Books
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:14:47 -0400)
A study of Baden-Powell's many roles and personalities: actor, artist, spy, hoaxer, female impersonator, author, sportsman, regimental commander, and founder of the Boy Scouts.
An edition of this book was published by Yale University Press.
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