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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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 ... Read full review
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