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Vol 21 No 9 Sept/Oct 2016

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Famous Trials of History isbn 004208

Famous Trials of History

ISBN13: 004050
ISBN: 004050
New Edition ISBN: 004208
Published: November 1926
Publisher: Garden City Publishing Co, Inc
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Hardback
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

Among the trials here recorded are:-

  • The Trial of Mary, Queen of Scots
  • The Man who stole the King's Crown
  • The Trial of Captain Kidd
  • The Trial of Dr Dodd
  • The Trial of Warren Hastings
  • The Trial of Deacon Brodie
  • The Plot to Murder Mr Lloyd George
  • Fire and Earthquake in Jamaica
  • Sir Roger Casement
  • The German Hospital Ship
  • The 'Veronica' Murders
  • The Marconi Scandal
  • Ethel Le Neve: Crippen's Mistress
  • The Frauds on the Bank of Liverpool

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