- Hardcover: 670 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow & Co; 1st U.S. ed edition (March 1, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0688048994
- ISBN-13: 978-0688048990
- Product Dimensions: 2 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,428,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Boy-Man: The Life of Lord Baden-Powell Hardcover – March 1, 1990
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From Library Journal
Hero of the Boer War siege of Mafeking, founder of the Boy Scouts, and a leading British advocate of what Teddy Roosevelt called the "strenuous life," Lord Baden-Powell long has needed a careful, deeply researched biography. This is especially true given the rumors of homosexuality, suggestions that he pilfered most of his scouting ideas from Ernest Thomson Seton, and general exercises in iconoclasm which have surrounded Baden-Powell's career in recent years. Of course, Jeal is no stranger to the ranks of idol breakers, as his widely acclaimed life of Dr. David Livingstone showed ( Livingstone , LJ 11/1/73). He brings the same talents which made that biography a hit to the present work, and the result is a balanced, definitive assessment which so far transcends previous treatments as to make them almost meaningless. This becomes the life of Baden-Powell, and it belongs on the shelves of every library, public and academic.
- James A. Casada, Winthrop Coll., Rock Hill, S . C.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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His style is extremely readable and he seeks to avoid conclusions. He treats the rumors of BP being a homosexual openly (the rumors, not BP). His biography is overall very positive but not fawning. I highly recommend it to any Scout leader.
My overall impression of B-P the man, is of his utter smarminess. He was a relentless self-promoter and obsequious suck-up, driven largely by greedy ambition. His mother was far worse and coldly manipulated her children's lives to her own social and financial benefit, screwing them all up royally. B-P was obsessed with the evils of masturbation and although repulsed by women's sexuality, was famous for female impersonations on stage. He was attracted to men sexually and was at best, a repressed pederast who enjoyed "kiddy porn." He married a probable Lesbian who was the worst mother imaginable to their sensitive, awkward son. The book reads like an extended Monty Python skit, albeit totally devoid of humor. Baden-Powell was an opportunist of the worst sort and his brittle narcissism is nauseating. I doubt I could have tolerated his presence. He was a deeply unpleasant man. Good book though!