William Pitt the Younger : A Biography, Paperback

William Pitt the Younger : A Biography Paperback

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The award-winning biography of William Pitt the Younger by William Hague, the youngest leader of the Tory Party since Pitt himself.

William Pitt the Younger was one of the most extraordinary figures in British history.

Prime minister at the age of twenty-four, he went on to dominate British politics for two decades, presiding over such complex and treacherous national crises as the madness of King George III, the beleaguered union with Ireland, the fallout from the French Revolution and the trauma of the Napoleonic Wars.

With the keen eye of an experienced politician, William Hague examines the enigmatic life and tumultuous times of a man capable of both wit and arrogance, economic genius and financial mismanagement.

A rich cast of characters and a vivid backdrop of global conflict make this riveting biography of Pitt the Younger compulsive reading.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 688 pages, 17 b/w, 8 col plates (24pp), With index
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Biography: historical, political & military
  • ISBN: 9780007147205



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One of the best history books I have ever read. The author was a leader of the Conservative Party in the UK, so he really knows his parlimentary stuff. Pitt was Prime Minister of England at the age of 24 and held the post for 17 straight years which included the maddness of George III, the French Revolution and the rise of Napoleon. Incredible stuff - don't miss it.

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The only comment that i have for this book is that William Hague seems to justify every weakness in William Pitt's character, as if he is a god who can't make mistakes. Nevertheless, this book made me very much interested in the history of the British Empire. It made me an Anglophile, it made me watch videos day and night of MP's debating in the House of Commons and made me an admirer of British Politics. I highly recommend this book!