William Pitt the Younger: A Biography
This edition contains a limited number of images. The Sunday Times bestselling biography of one of the towering figures in British history who became Prime Minister at the age of twenty-four, written by the youngest-ever leader of the Tory...
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This edition contains a limited number of images.
The Sunday Times bestselling biography of one of the towering figures in British history who became Prime Minister at the age of twenty-four, written by the youngest-ever leader of the Tory Party.
The younger William Pitt ? known as the ?schoolboy? ? began his days as Prime Minister in 1783 deeply underestimated and completely beleaguered. Yet he annihilated his opponents in the General Election the following year and dominated the governing of Britain for twenty-two years, nearly nineteen of them as Prime Minister. No British politician since then has exercised such supremacy for so long.
Pitt presided over dramatic changes in the country's finances and trade, brought about the union with Ireland, but was ultimately consumed by the years of debilitating war with France. Domestic crises included unrest in Ireland, deep division in the royal family, the madness of the King and a full-scale naval mutiny. He enjoyed huge success, yet died at the nadir of his fortunes, struggling to maintain a government beset by a thin majority at home and military disaster abroad; he worked, worried and drank himself to death. Finally his story is told with the drama, wit and authority it deserves.
? A Sunday Times bestseller, the hardback edition has sold 40,000 copies to date.
? Chosen as a Book of the Year in the Mail on Sunday and New Statesman.
? There is a huge Conservative fanbase for William Hague which should translate into a broad paperback market.
? Like Roy Jenkins on Churchill, William Hague on William Pitt is a perfect match of author and subject.
? No single-volume biography of Pitt exists. John Ehrman's massive 3-volume biography, published in the 1980s, is now out of print.
William Hague is the best-selling author of William Pitt the Younger, published in 2004 to rapturous reviews and was chosen as History Book of the Year in the British Book Awards. At Oxford, he was President of both the Union and the University Conservative Association. He has been MP for Richmond, Yorkshire since 1989. He joined the Cabinet in 1995 as Secretary of State for Wales, and was leader of the Conservative Party from June 1997 to June 2001. He is now Shadow Foreign Secretary.