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F. E. Smith: First Earl of Birkenhead


ISBN13: 9780571307296
Previous Edition ISBN: 0712651179
Published: July 2013
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £30.00



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F. E. Smith was the most brilliant political personality of the Edwardian era: 'the cleverest man in the kingdom', said Beaverbrook.

The youngest Lord Chancellor since Judge Jeffreys, he engaged in some of the most bitter political battles of the age: Ulster, trade union reform, the House of Lords. He emerges from this masterly biography as a massively compelling figure.

'The most fully researched and fully revealing life of this particular Lord Chancellor that we are ever likely to get.' David Cannadine, London Review of Books

'A triumph of scholarship, judgement, lucidity and art ... Like its subject John Campbell's book is leisurely, feline, and very, very clever.' Roy Foster, Guardian

'A model biography.' A. J. P. Taylor, Observer'

A joy ... 800 pages of trenchant and often vivid prose.' The Times

Subjects:
Biography
Contents:
Preface
Acknowledgments
Part One: 1872-1906
The Smiths of Birkenhead
Young Fred
From Liverpool to Oxford
President of the Union
Fellow of Merton
Liverpool and the Northern Circuit
Into Parliament
Part Two: 1906-1918
Making a Name: The House of Commons, 1906 -09
The People's Budget and the House of Lords Crisis 1909-11
F.E. at Forty: Fame, Friends, Wine and Women
Smith, K.C.
Bonar Law and the Ulster Crisis 1912-14
Tory Democracy
F.E. at War: The Press Bureau and the Indian Corps 1914-15
Law Officer in Wartime: The Casement Trial 1916
The Politics of War-and Peace 1915-18
Part Three: 1919-1924
Lord High Chancellor of England 1919-22
The Lord Chancellor as Cabinet Minister 1919-22
Ireland 1919-22
The Decline and Fall of the Coalition 1922
The Wilderness - and the Way Back 1922-4
Part Four: 1924-1930
Cabinet Minister Again: The Indian Summer of Lord Birkenhead
Secretary of State for India 1924-28
The General Strike 1926
The Baldwin Cabinet 1926-28
Burned Out 1928-30
References
Bibliography and Sources
Index ;