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  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409089087
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 384
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Pitt the Elder

Man of War




Groundbreaking in its approach, this is the definitive biography of William Pitt the Elder - a brilliant, yet tragic, British statesman.

This remarkable book opens at the dawn of the British Empire - with the great sea battle at Quiberon Bay where French ships, intended for the 1759 invasion of Britain, are chased, caught and defeated by a fleet commanded by Admiral Sir Edward Hawke. In this momentous victory Britain effectively settled the outcome of the Seven Years' War and established itself as the world's dominant imperial power.

At the heart of the conflict with France was William Pitt, the first Earl of Chatham and Britain's future Prime Minister. Weaving together military history and political biography Edward Pearce provides a portrait of the man 'with an eye like a diamond' - a man who had close ties with the slave trade and who preached war and British supremacy on a world stage. Alongside detailed descriptions of battles in Europe and North America we follow Pitt's career as a politician - one that was closely intertwined with General James Wolfe at Quebec; American independence; the slow mind of George III and the quick one of the

  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409089087
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 384
Categories:

About the author

Edward Pearce

Edward Pearce is a political journalist and author. He has been a leader writer for the Daily Express, a Commons sketch writer and leader writer for the Daily Telegraph, a columnist for the Sunday Times and the Guardian, and sketch writer for the New Statesman. He also writes regularly for the Yorkshire Post, and was a panellist on BBC Radio 4's The Moral Maze. He has written over 13 books, from The Senate of Lilliput (1983) to his most recent, The Great Man (2007), a life of Sir Robert Walpole.

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Praise for Pitt the Elder

Close-knit account

Duncan Fallowell, Daily Express

Pitt was the hero...He was, as Edward Pearce argues in this revisionist biography, the show business man of war

The Spectator

Pearce enlivens the narrative with crisp characterisations of the figures on the stage

JWM Thompson, The Oldie

[Pearce] constantly, often illuminatingly and sometimes wittily, draws parallels between the English politics of Pitt's time and more recent events or personalities

The Independent

This is an immensely readable book - informative, scholarly, but never dry

Richard Ormrod, The Tablet

Pearce shrewdly captured the problems involved in interpreting the career of a man who fell under the spell of his own speechifying

E L Devlin, Times Literary Supplement

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