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Famous Trials of History


ISBN13: 004046
ISBN: 004046
Previous Edition ISBN: 004432
Published: July 1934
Publisher: Hutchinson & Co.
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: Out of print



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In this book the Earl of Birkenhead in his inimitable manner tells the story of some of the most historic trials - Mary Queen of Scots, Colonel Blood, Warren Hastings, Captain Kidd and Eugene Adam are some of the notabilities whose trials he reviews.

A reprint of the 1926 Hardback edition.
There is no publication date shown, but it is after 1932, as one of the other titles in the Hutchinson's Pocket Library was first published at that time. 1934 is a guess

About the 1st Earl of Birkenhead
F.E.’s life was shamelessly, successfully and simultaneously devoted to self-advancement, self-advertisement, self-indulgence and self-destruction, and he achieved more distinction in each of these fields than most men achieve in any.

Driven by remorseless ambition, and aided by a first-rate brain of quicksilver speed, he amassed a remarkable tally of gongs, baubles and glittering prizes, at Oxford, in the law, and in politics. Endowed with a gigantic ego and towering self-confidence, he was the supreme right-wing demagogue between Lord Randolph Churchill and Mosley, with mesmeric oratorical gifts of lightning wit, stinging retort and poisonous vituperation.

And he was as reckless as he was rude: his magnificent carelessness, shameless hedonism and limitless extravagance betokened an inexhaustible appetite for life and pleasure; he squandered several fortunes on houses and horses, cars and cards, boats and brandy; he excelled at rugby, riding, golf and tennis; he burned all his candles at both ends; and he drank and spent as if there was no tomorrow. His consumption was conspicuous in every sense, and in the end he died of drink and left only debts.

David Cannadine
London Review of Books, 1984