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The author of the book: John Wilson
Edition: Constable
Date of issue: 1973
ISBN: 009458950X
ISBN 13: 9780094589506
Language: English
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Henry Campbell-Bannerman. who now seems a remote figure, died at No. 10 Downing Street only sixty-five years ago. He had known the extremes of political failure and success. At one time he was execrated as a man who was said to sympathise with the enemies of his country. He was denounced day after day in The Times and his company was shunned by his Sovereign. But within four years of this he led the Liberal Party to its most overwhelming victory, and overnight became an immensely popular Prime Minister, with a unique position in the House of Commons. Today most people have never heard of him, and those who have tend to class him as a dim personality.

Yet the truth is that Campbell-Bannerman, or C.B. as he was always called, was a singularly attractive and interesting man. He was, moreover, an unusual person to emerge as the leader of a great political party in England, or indeed to be a politician at all, for he was easy-going and had little ambition. However desperate the political situation, he departed every autumn for ix weeks at the spa of Marienbad in Bohemia.

He became Prime Minister in 1905 and in his two years at No. 10 he presided over an Administration which contained three future Prime Ministers: Asquith, Lloyd George, and Winston Churchill. Perhaps his greatest achievement was the South African settlement, which turned Botha and Smuts into life-long friends of England and resulted in South Africa joining this country in two world wars.

When Campbell-Bannerman died in 1908 the leaders of the Liberal Party paid the warmest tributes to his courage, idealism, shrewdness and tenacity. But the Tories, led by Balfour, thought it absurd that a monument should be erected to him in Westminster Abbey. When there are such widely differing contemporary opinions of a statesman it is appropriate to make a new assessment. This is a first life of Campbell-Bannerman to appear since 1923, since when many new papers have become available. John Wilson reveals him as a much more considerable -- and charming -- character than many people suppose.


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