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F. E. Smith: First Earl of Birkenhead isbn 9780571307296

F.E. Smith: First Earl of Birkenhead

ISBN13: 9780712651172
ISBN: 0712651179
New Edition ISBN: 9780571307296
Published: June 1991
Publisher: Pimlico
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £40.00
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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. Coming from a modest provincial background, he acquired an extraordinary reputation at Oxford and an unprecedented fortune at the Liverpool Bar before exploding into the House of Commons in 1906 with a maiden speech of unrivalled audacity.

For the next twenty years - notably as the youngest Lord Chancellor since Judge Jeffreys - he engaged in some of the most bitter political battles of modern times, often over issues that still beset us today: Ulster, trade union reform, the House of Lords. His finest hour came when he sacrificed all hope of leading the Tory Party by negotiating and then staunchly defending the 1921 Treaty with Sinn Fein which recognised the independence of the South of Ireland.

Ambitious, courageous, with a cutting tongue and an inexhaustible appetite for life and pleasure, Smith emerges from this triumphant biography as a magnificent and hugely compelling figure.

A joy ... 800 pages of trenchant and often vivid prose. Piers Brendon, The Times

A model biography, combining scholarship and warm sympathy ... Not a single page is dull. A.J.P Taylor, Observer

The definitive biography ... shrewd and stimulating ... a landmark in every sense. Stephen Koss, The Times Literary Supplement

Front jacket : Spy' Cartoon Vanity Fair, 1907

Biography, Biography (Out of Print), Advocates (Out of Print)
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
Bibliography and Sources
Index ;