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Baden-Powell by Tim Jeal


by Tim Jeal

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Lord Baden Powell is drawn with a rather disapproving eye by Tim Jeal. Survivors of the Scouting movement will feel a bit of sadness about the real life of a hero to millions of males the world over. But as a piece of actual history, the book covers a wide-spread movement with a clear eye. I'd describe this as a necessary piece of Victoriana. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Sep 27, 2013 |
2339 The Boy-Man: The Life of Lord Baden-Powell, by Tim Jeal (read 12 Nov 1990) This is an absorbing and superlative biography. Its subject was born 12 Feb 1857 and died in Kenya Jan 8, 1941. He was a most interesting person, and came to world fame as the English officer in charge during the siege of Mafeking--which was relieved in May of 1900. He founded the Boy Scouts in 1908. He was an admirable person. This book spends a lot of time psychoanalyzing him--he did not marry till in his fifties. The book tells about his kids and his wife in great detail. The story of the politics of the Boy Scout movement was not overly-absorbing, but all of the rest of his life was of high interest. I was greatly moved by the account of his declining years. ( )
  Schmerguls | May 26, 2008 |
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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

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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.

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