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Oliver Franks: Founding Father

Oliver Franks: Founding Father

by Alex Danchev, Danchev
     
 

Lord Franks was an exceedingly deliberate man who, paradoxically, embarked upon his various careers—as don, mandarin, diplomat, banker, provost, pillar of state—almost by accident. A moral philosopher by training and inclination, Franks had a hand in the making of both war and peace in the middle decades of the twentieth century. He secured Marshal Aid

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Lord Franks was an exceedingly deliberate man who, paradoxically, embarked upon his various careers—as don, mandarin, diplomat, banker, provost, pillar of state—almost by accident. A moral philosopher by training and inclination, Franks had a hand in the making of both war and peace in the middle decades of the twentieth century. He secured Marshal Aid for Europe's post-war recovery program. He had a major role in negotiating the North Atlantic Treaty. Later, he was responsible for several unusually influential offical reports, including that on Oxford University in the 1960s, and most recently and controversially, on the British Government's handling of the Falklands crisis. An extensively researched and thoroughly readable study, this book looks at the life of a man who succeeded in combining great intellect and public service to a rare degree. Oliver Franks, though personally self-effacing was an immensely influential figure at the center of public life for many years.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Alex Danchev has written a brilliant short story of [Oliver Franks], which will deserve to hold its own even if a more fully documented life comes to be written....He writes clearly, incisively, and with style."—The Daily Telegraph

"An excellent, informative andthoughtful biography of this outstanding, puzzling man."—Financial Times

"Alex Danchev's study of Franks is a model biography: comprehensive yet not massive, the product of meticulous research and written in a straightforward yet lively style."—The Economist

"What distinguishes this book from most contemporary biographies is not only a witty style but also the worshipful approach to Franks's personality and character."—The Journal of Military History

"This is a sensitive, even appealing, overall appraisal of an impressive figure of high intellectual and ethical quality."—Albion

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198215776
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/28/1993
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
6.31(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.88(d)

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