William Pitt the Younger: A Biography

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HarperCollins Publishers, May 31, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 688 pages
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The award-winning biography of William Pitt the Younger by William Hague, the youngest leader of the Tory Party since Pitt himself.

William Pitt the Younger was one of the most extraordinary figures in British history. Prime minister at the age of twenty-four, he went on to dominate British politics for two decades, presiding over such complex and treacherous national crises as the madness of King George III, the beleaguered union with Ireland, the fallout from the French Revolution and the trauma of the Napoleonic Wars.

With the keen eye of an experienced politician, William Hague examines the enigmatic life and tumultuous times of a man capable of both wit and arrogance, economic genius and financial mismanagement. A rich cast of characters and a vivid backdrop of global conflict make this riveting biography of Pitt the Younger compulsive reading.

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User Review  - Dan - Goodreads

A worthy bit of history and an angle I have not known well (like most Americans, I tend to skip a good deal of what happened in the UK under George III after we got our independence). So I learned a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kate Millin - Goodreads

Biography of the youngest PM in this country from the 1790's to 1800's fascinating Read full review

About the author (2012)

William Hague has served as Secretary of State, Leader of the Opposition, Shadow Foreign Secretary, Secretary of State for Wales and Minister for Disabled People. He has been MP for Richmond, Yorkshire, since 1989, and he lives in his constituency with his wife, Ffion. His biography of William Pitt the Younger was named History Book of the Year at the British Book Awards. He is also the author of ‘William Wilberforce’, the acclaimed biography of the anti-slave trade campaigner.

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