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Lord Beaverbrook: A Life

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I am the victim of the Furies. On the rock-bound coast of New Brunswick the waves break incessantly. Every now and then comes a particularly dangerous wave smashing viciously into the rock. It is called 'The Rage.' That's me. When Max Aitken, Lord Beaverbrook, wrote these words to Winston Churchill at the height of World War II he was sixty-two, the second most powerful man in the kingdom and (at least in his own eyes) a potential prime minister himself. As Fleet Street's most dynamic and inventive press baron, ...
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I am the victim of the Furies. On the rock-bound coast of New Brunswick the waves break incessantly. Every now and then comes a particularly dangerous wave smashing viciously into the rock. It is called 'The Rage.' That's me. When Max Aitken, Lord Beaverbrook, wrote these words to Winston Churchill at the height of World War II he was sixty-two, the second most powerful man in the kingdom and (at least in his own eyes) a potential prime minister himself. As Fleet Street's most dynamic and inventive press baron, as cabinet minister, as compulsive behind-the-scenes manipulator, he had already been playing a central role in British public life for three decades, and would continue to do so until his death in 1964. Describing himself as a force of nature was pure Beaverbrook; but no one who knew him would be likely to deny the accuracy of the description. In this ground-breaking biography, the first to deal objectively with its subject, Anne Chisholm and Michael Davie succeed brilliantly in bringing the man to life. Here is young Max, a son of the manse, rebelliously growing up in a remote corner of the Canadian Maritimes, going on to make a fortune in business by methods clearly described for the first time. We see him in London, scarcely thirty, deploying his money and his demonic energy not only to invade the upper reaches of British society but also to get a seat in Parliament and achieve a peerage, all in only six years . . . promoting the coup that overthrew Asquith as Prime Minister in the middle of World War I . . . taking over the Daily Express and building the biggest circulation and most controversial newspaper empire of the time. . . incessantly tinkering with politics, from tariff reform to appeasement . . . doing as much as anyone, as Minister of Aircraft Production, to win the Battle of Britain in the early years of World War II, then taking up Stalin's cause. He's shown postwar, as well, undermining Britain's early attempts to enter the Common Marke
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This exhaustively researched biography of the powerful British press baron and cabinet minister (1879-1964) candidly describes Beaverbrook's dark side as well as his successes. The book's immersion in the intricacies of British political history, however, may limit its interest to Anglophiles. Husband-and-wife team Davie ( Titanic ) and Chisholm ( Nancy Cunard ) reconstruct Beaverbrook's upbringing as Max Aitken in Canada and suggest that his passion for inside information, which he displayed as a member of Churchill's wartime cabinet, had roots in his early entrepreneurial practices. He befriended Rudyard Kipling and Prime Minister Bonar Law; and had romances with writer Rebecca West and, in 1931, with Dorothy Schiff Hall, who later resumed her maiden name and became publisher of the New York Post . He used newspapers like the Daily Express to crusade for protectionism and to ``emancipate'' the class-conscious British society in the 1930s. The authors detail Beaverbrook's isolationism during Hitler's rise, his championing of Stalin during WW II, his influence on postwar governments and his contributions to several memoirs and histories of his era. Photos not seen by PW. (Jan.)
Library Journal
The remarkable career of Max Aitken, Lord Beaverbrook, is chronicled in this scholarly, well-researched work. Basing their work on official British and Canadian papers, memoirs, and other archival sources, the authors restructure the extraordinary life of this statesman and newspaper magnate. Born in 1879, the son of a New Brunswick minister, Beaverbrook accumulated a small fortune before arriving in England in 1910. The old-boy network served him well as he quickly established himself as a member of Parliament. Highlighted are his relationships with Rudyard Kipling, the Mountbattens, and Winston Churchill. His role in Soviet relations throughout his lifetime and his contributions to the war cabinet in World War II are particularly noteworthy. An excellent supplement to A.J.P. Taylor's Beaverbrook ( LJ 8/72), this book is highly recommended to academic libraries collecting in modern European history.-- Mary Hemmings, Univ. of Calgary Law Lib., Alberta
Margaret Flanagan
Chisholm and Davie provide a definitive portrait of Lord Beaverbrook, the quintessential twentieth-century Renaissance man. As an entrepreneur, a publisher, and a statesman, Beaverbrook exerted extensive influence over British economic, domestic, and foreign policy. The multifaceted financier, born Max Aitken in 1879, amassed a sizable fortune in Canada before emmigrating to England in 1910 on the heels of a murky financial scandal. In addition to consolidating a newspaper empire that included the "Daily Express", the "Evening Standard", and the "Sunday Express", Beaverbrook also served as an MP for a short period of time, was confidante and adviser to several prime ministers, and held critical cabinet posts during both world wars. The authors' obvious affection and admiration for their subject do not prevent them from offering a balanced treatment of a flawed genius; Beaverbrook's accomplishments, eccentricities, and failings are all accorded their fair share of attention in this fascinating biography of a commanding personality.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394568799
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/4/1993
  • Edition description: 1st American ed
  • Pages: 589

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction: A Visit to La Capponcina, 1956 1
1 Son of the Manse, 1879-1900 11
2 The Money Spinner, 1901-1906 33
3 Marriage and Mergers, 1906-1910 51
4 The Plunge Into Politics, 1910-1912 69
5 'The Giddy Heights of Journalism', 1910-1912 98
6 The Hermit Crab, 1911-1914 110
7 A Canadian in Flanders, 1914-1916 124
8 The Ousting of Asquith, 1916 136
9 The Propaganda Period, 1917-1919 150
10 'Bring Bonar Back', 1919-1922 170
11 Prime Minister's Friend, 1922-1924 190
12 Northcliffe's Successor, Baldwin's Foe, 1918-1929 207
13 Writers and Women, 1924-1928 234
14 The Great Campaign, 1928-1929 261
15 Frustrations of a Crusader, 1929-1935 285
16 Appeasement and Abdication, 1931-1939 322
17 Patron of the Left, 1929-1939 357
18 'This Was His Hour', 1940 370
19 Red Wolves in the Kremlin, 1941-1942 399
20 Champion of Russia, 1941-1945 420
21 'The Man Who Had to Know', 1945-1956 455
22 Benefactor and Bridegroom, 1956-1964 484
Appendix A: The Canada Cement Affair, 1909-1913 529
Appendix B: Beaverbrook as Historian 545
Source Notes 549
Index 566
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