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A Modern Plutarch: Comparisons of the Most Influential Modern Statesmen

A Modern Plutarch: Comparisons of the Most Influential Modern Statesmen

by Robert Lloyd George

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One of the most significant and enduring texts to have survived from Ancient Greece is Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans, written by Plutarch in the first century AD. In the work, the man known as the “Father of Biography†? paired off the most notable and influential figures of the classical world, placing their lives and legacies next to each other, allowing the comparisons and juxtapositions to reveal new truths about these famous men. He compared Demosthenes with Cicero, Alexander the Great with Julius Caesar; the result was an intellectual masterpiece still referred to by historians today. In A Modern Plutarch, Robert Lloyd George applies this model of biography to the most influential statesmen and stateswomen of American and British history. Lloyd George compares figures such as Edmund Burke, a prophet of modern conservatism, and Thomas Paine, a champion for the common man. He juxtaposes Winston Churchill and Abraham Lincoln, two of the greatest wartime leaders of the past 200 years, and Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, the first divisive, the latter popular. In doing so, he draws parallels between their lives and philosophies, while revealing the traits that made them unique.The essential primer on leadership and an inspiring account of exceptional lives, A Modern Plutarch breathes new life into historical biography and offers remarkable insight into some of the greatest minds of the modern era.

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ISBN-13: 9781468314113
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 10/18/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Robert Lloyd George is the author of several books, including David and Winston, a comparative look at Winston Churchill, also published by The Overlook Press. He has written extensively on global economics, specifically on the relationship between the economies of the Eastern and Western world.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Introduction 1

1 Duke of Wellington and George Washington 9

2 William Penn and Brigham Young 25

3 William Pitt, Earl of Chatham and Benjamin Franklin 35

4 William Pitt the Younger and Alexander Hamilton 49

5 Edmund Burke and Thomas Paine 63

6 William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield and John Marshall 73

7 Lord Melbourne and James Madison 83

8 George Canning and James Monroe 91

9 William Wilberforce and John Quincy Adams 97

10 Spencer Perceval and James Garfield 111

11 Charles James Fox and Aaron Burr 115

12 Sir Robert Peel and Andrew Jackson 131

13 John Churchill, First Duke of Marlborough and Robert E. Lee 137

14 Joseph Chamberlain and Theodore Roosevelt 151

15 William Gladstone and Woodrow Wilson 157

16 Benjamin Disraeli and Thomas Jefferson 173

17 David Lloyd George and Franklin Delano Roosevelt 191

18 Stanley Baldwin and Herbert Hoover 203

19 Neville Chamberlain and James Buchanan 215

20 Winston Churchill and Abraham Lincoln 225

21 Clement Attlee and Harry S. Truman 255

22 Lord Mountbatten of Burma and Douglas MacArthur 263

23 Harold Macmillan and John F. Kennedy 279

24 Edward Heath and Richard Nixon 293

25 Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan 303

Acknowledgments 315

Appendix 1 UK Sites: Museums, Homes, and Libraries 318

Appendix 2 US Sites: Museums, Homes, and Libraries 320

Suggested Reading 323

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