Curzon: Imperial Statesman
"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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Review: Curzon: Imperial StatesmanUser Review - Margaret Sankey - Goodreads
Gilmour has a difficult task--Curzon was a paragon of the "empire man" of the 19th century British world. It meant that he felt compelled to a life of state service, and while in India conscientiously ... Read full review
Review: Curzon: Imperial StatesmanUser Review - Joe - Goodreads
My name is George Nathaniel Curzon, I am a most superior person, My cheek is pink, my hair is sleek, I dine at Blenheim once a week. George Curzon was not a man who harboured doubts about his ... Read full review
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