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The Forgotten Prime Minister: The 14th Earl of Derby: Volume II: Achievement, 1851-1869 Hardcover – November 15, 2008


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"This second volume completes the biography that is, without doubt, the standard to which future political biographies will be held. It also fills a void in the history of nineteenth-century politics. While scholarly and extremely important for students and scholars of the period, it is a very readable biography.... Any reader would be well advised to read the two-volume set, as intended, as a chronological narrative, but this book is written and organized clearly enough for the general reader as well as the historian. It is a first-rate historical study and will have a lasting impact on the fields of British political history and the history of the Conservative Party."--Nancy LoPain-Lummis, History: Reviews of New Books


"The most significant book on Victorian politics in half a century."--Professor John Charmley, University of East Anglia


"This, the first full-length biography of Derby to be written with access to the archives, will be the only one needed this century.... The next volume is eagerly awaited."--Andrew Roberts, The Sunday Times (UK)


"Hopefully readers will not have to wait long for the remainder of this impressive work. Meantime, the book's publishers should be congratulated on having produced a handsome, illustrated volume, at a fairly reasonable price."--Terry Jenkins, BBC History Magazine


"Hawkins's achievement is in bringing the mind of a reading public back to this curious and significant statesman."--Michael Bentley, Times Literary Supplement


"This is real history. Unlike so many political biographers, Hawkins has really mastered the archives. There is much in this book that is new, much that will permanently change interpretations of the period. It is about real politicians, not caricatures or faceless abstractions. Those who already have some acquaintance with the early years of the nineteenth century will find great pleasure in reading this book"--Leslie Mitchell, Literary Review


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Angus Hawkins is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a member of the History Faculty at the University of Oxford, Director of International Programmes in Oxford University's Department for Continuing Education, and Fellow and Bursar of Kellogg College, Oxford. He has published numerous books on Victorian politics, including Parliament, Party and the Art of Politics in Britain, 1855-1859 and British Party Politics, 1852-1886 and has won a number of prizes including the Gladstone Memorial Prize and the McCann Award.

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