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A modern Plutarch : comparisons of the most influential modern statesmen / Robert Lloyd George.

Lloyd George, Robert [Browse]
  • New York : Overlook Duckworth, 2016.
  • ©2016
First edition.
xiii, 328 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Summary note:
One of the most significant and enduring texts to have survived from Ancient Greece is Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans, written by Plutarch in the first century AD. In the work, the man known as the "Father of Biography" paired off the most notable and influential figures of the classical world, placing their lives and legacies next to each other, allowing the comparisons and juxtapositions to reveal new truths about famous men his readers already knew and revered. He compared Demosthenes with Cicero, Alexander the Great with Julius Caesar; the result was an intellectual masterpiece still referred to by historians today. In A Modern Plutarch, Robert Lloyd George applies this model of biography to many of the most recognizable figures, new and old, of American and British history. George compares select politicians, generals, scientists, and social and religious activists, drawing parallels between their lives and minds while revealing the traits that made them unique. Whether it's Churchill placed next to Lincoln, Darwin compared to James Watson, or any of George's other memorable pairings, A Modern Plutarch uses an ancient method of comparison to show us new features of many of the great thinkers in the Western world.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 323-328).
Duke of Wellington and George Washington -- William Penn and Brigham Young -- William Pitt, Earl of Chatham and Benjamin Franklin -- William Pitt the Younger and Alexander Hamilton -- Edmund Burke and Thomas Paine -- William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield and John Marshall -- Lord Melbourne and James Madison -- George Canning and James Monroe -- William Wilberforce and John Quincy Adams -- Spencer Perceval and James Garfield -- Charles James Fox and Aaron Burr -- Sir Robert Peel and Andrew Jackson -- John Churchill, First Duke of Marlborough and Robert E. Lee -- Joseph Chamberlain and Theodore Roosevelt -- William Gladstone and Woodrow Wilson -- Benjamin Disraeli and Thomas Jefferson -- David Lloyd George and Franklin Delano Roosevelt -- Stanley Baldwin and Herbert Hoover -- Neville Chamberlain and James Buchanan -- Winston Churchill and Abraham Lincoln -- Clement Attlee and Harry S. Truman -- Lord Mountbatten of Burma and Douglas MacArthur -- Harold Macmillan and John F. Kennedy -- Edward Heath and Richard Nixon -- Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan.
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