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  - Toby - Goodreads

A sympathetic, well-researched biography by a talented political biographer. Pitt the Younger hasn't had a good one-volume biography published in recent years, and this one was well-overdue. Read full review

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User Review  - Belle - Goodreads

Firstly: My favourite prime minister in history. Whatever I say is clouded by my awe of this man. So, the writing wasn't QUITE what I expected, BUT the content and the politics were brilliant. There's ... Read full review

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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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