Balfour: The Last Grandee
Arthur James Balfour was born to wealth and position, with intellect and charm to match. His succession of his uncle, Lord Salisbury, as premier in 1902 appeared to be simply another element of his inheritance.
Balfour was a Conservative but never a true-
Balfour’s public and private lives were simply remarkable–unimaginable today no matter one’s talents or wealth.
‘Chronicles the triumphs and disasters of a half-
‘Adams is one of those disconcerting Americans who know as much about British history as any Briton. He writes with grace, intelligence and concision.’
Philip Ziegler, THE SPECTATOR
‘Adams is an American historian with a remarkable knowledge and understanding of Victorian and Edwardian politics. As in his previous work, a biography of Andrew Bonar Law, Balfour’s lugubrious successor as Tory leader, he skilfully interweaves his subject’s life with the politics of his age to produce a stylish and readable book.’
David Gilmour, THE TIMES
‘Professor Adams does a grand job of bringing to life the man he calls “the last grandee”, one of the more original Scots who've made Number 10 Downing Street their temporary digs.’
George Rosie, THE HERALD