Baden-Powell : Founder of the Boy Scouts, Paperback

Baden-Powell : Founder of the Boy Scouts Paperback


R.S.S. Baden-Powell, who founded the Boy Scouts movement in 1908, was a British military hero during the Boer War and an author, actor, artist, spy, sportsman, and female impersonator.

In this absorbing and humane account of Baden-Powell's extraordinary life, Tim Jeal reveals for the first time the complex figure behind the saintly public mask, showing him to be a man of both dazzling talents and crippling secret fears. Reviews of the earlier edition: "Baden-Powell's life story is as rich and engrossing as any of his memorable campfire yarns ...a monumental biography."--Zara Steiner, New York Times Book Review "In an age of good biographies, here is one that deserves to be called great ...a magnificent book."--Piers Brendon, Mail on Sunday "Jeal's Baden-Powell is brave and self-seeking, devious and honorable, a domestic paragon whose repressed homosexuality fired his career, a soldier of genius who ultimately rejected militarism...The story that Tim Jeal has to tell is epic, funny, and touching."--Philip Oakes, New Statesman "Superb."--Ian Buruma, New York Review of Books




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