A dazzling study of four figures who flourished in - and defined - the early years of the twentieth century.
Piers Brendon is the author of a dozen books, including biographies of Churchill and Eisenhower, and The Windsors, Hawker of Morwenstow and, most recently, The Dark Valley, a hugely acclaimed history of the 1930s, which are all available in Pimlico. He also writes for television and contributes regularly to the national press. He is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge.
Dr Piers Brendon is a courageous and independent man, and this book
is notable not only for its own merits, which are considerable, but
as a sign of liberation for future biographical writers. The
message is this. Biographies have been getting longer, and can,
without loss, with positive gain, become shorter- The book leaves
one with two hopes. One, that Brendon will write more like it, two,
that other biographers will start examining his model.' -- C. P.
Supremely readable and entertaining. -- Robert Blake
Piers Brendon's brilliant pen portraits of four famous figures of the Edwardian age- Here in sharp focus is all you ever wanted to know about them. Hilarious and sometimes not a little alarming.' -- Robert Morley, * Evening News *