Pitt the Elder: Man of War download epub
by Edward Pearce
The reader who lacks such familiarity will have considerable trouble following Pearce's narrative and understanding what points he is trying to make.
Edward Pearce was born in Wenlock, Shropshire, in 1939, the . Pitt the Elder: Man of War. Bodley Head.
Edward Pearce was born in Wenlock, Shropshire, in 1939, the son of Frank Pearce, a schoolmaster, and Harriet Johnson Career. The Golden Talking-Shop: The Oxford Union Debates Empire, World War, Revolution, and Women. Oxford University Press.
Pearce attacks Pitt's "privileged civilian's dinner-table ruthlessness" and shows how "the itch for power ran in Pitt with an almost monarchical presumption". The monarch himself fares no better. George II's refusal to pardon an overcautious admiral who should simply have been retired meant that "Poor Byng" was shot in the head on his own quarterdeck, as recounted in Voltaire's Candide. The sight of Byng's public execution convinces Candide that the English are barbarians.
Edward Pearce's style seems to be infectious, if hard to emulate
Edward Pearce's style seems to be infectious, if hard to emulate. Pearce turned historian after a long career as political journalist and parliamentary sketch-writer, and the ways of his first career inform the second. Indeed, his books have moved steadily back in time, from the politics of our own day to the early 20th century, then the 1830s and now the 18th century.
This remarkable book opens at the dawn of the British Empire - with the great sea battle at Quiberon Bay where French ships, intended for the 1759 invasion of Britain, are chased, caught and defeated by a fleet commanded by Admiral Sir Edward Hawke. In this momentous victory Britain effectively settled the outcome of the Seven Years' War and established itself as the world's dominant imperial power. At the heart of the conflict with France was William Pitt, the first Earl of Chatham and Britain's future Prime Minister.
Edward Pearce is a political journalist and author. His books include The Diaries of Charles Greville and The Great Man: Sir Robert Walpole. He has written for the Daily Express, the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, the New Statesman, and the Sunday Times, and he writes regularly for the Yorkshire Post.
Edward Pearce, a former journalist, is stuck somewhat behind on this journey. Lacking an adequate understanding of the subject, Pearce’s book cannot be recommended
Edward Pearce, a former journalist, is stuck somewhat behind on this journey. He takes William Pitt from 19th-century heights and follows him into revisionist depths, giving him a kick when he is down: a demagogu. ncapable of coping with detai. he showbusiness of wa. ngland didn’t need saving. Lacking an adequate understanding of the subject, Pearce’s book cannot be recommended. Aside from questionable judgments on Pitt, he is plain wrong on point after point.
True, on page 299 he writes in weird grammar: It is worth pausing the caravan of high policy and low intrigue to look at Pitt the man, husband, father, legatee, landowner, garden extender and house improver. But this pause lasts for only four pages before the intrigue jerks on again
This remarkable book opens at the dawn of the British Empire - with the great sea battle at Quiberon Bay where French ships, intended for the 1759 invasion of Britain, are chased, caught and defeated by a fleet commanded by Admiral Sir Edward Hawke.
However, for several years now he has concentrated on writing history. The Lost Leaders (about three near-Prime Ministers) was followed by Lines of Most Resistance (about English Resistance to Irish Home Rule), Denis Healey (the authorised biography), Reform! (about the 1832 Act), and The Diaries of Charles Greville, both published in Pimlico.