Gilmour has a difficult task Curzon was a paragon of the empire man of the 19th century British world It meant that he felt compelled to a life of state service, and while in India conscientiously did things that were for the 19th century progressively minded, married to and supported by an American heiress and father of daughters who were social stars one of them marrying Oswald Mosley, the others orbiting around him like moths For a modern reader, this is also a path that, in retrospe Gilmour has a difficult task Curzon was a paragon of the empire man of the 19th century British world It meant that he felt compelled to a life of state service, and while in India cons Elegant Biography A Fast Moving, Entertaining, And Finely Written Story Simon Schama,The New YorkerGeorge Nathaniel Curzon S Controversial Life In Public Service Stretched From The High Noon Of His Country S Empire To The Traumatized Years Following World War I As Viceroy Of India Under Queen Victoria And Foreign Secretary Under King George V, The Obsessive Lord Curzon Left His Unmistakable Mark On The Era David Gilmour S Award Winning Book Is A Brilliant Assessment Of Curzon S Character And Achievements, Offering A Richly Dramatic Account Of The Infamous Long Vendettas, The Turbulent Friendships, And The Passionate, Risky Love Affairs That Complicated And Enriched His Life.Born Into The Ruling Class Of What Was Then The World S Greatest Power, Curzon Was A Fervent Believer In British Imperialism Who Spent His Life Proving He Was Fit For The Task Often Seen As Arrogant And Tempestuous, He Was Loathed As Much As He Was Adored, His Work Disparaged As Much As It Was Admired In Gilmour S Well Rounded Appraisal, Curzon Is Seen As A Complex, Tragic Figure, A Gifted Leader Who Saw His Imperial World Overshadowed At The Dawn Of Democracy. My name is George Nathaniel Curzon,I am a most superior person,My cheek is pink, my hair is sleek,I dine at Blenheim once a week.George Curzon was not a man who harboured doubts about his abilities He was a hugely able and talented man, but suffered from the imperial outlook common to many men of his background and time He saw Britain s status and future greatness as being inextricably linked to the fortunes of the Empire.Curzon was one of the three great British Proconsuls of the Empire at th My name is George Nathaniel Curzon,I am a most superior person,My cheek is pink, my hair is sleek,I dine at Blenheim once a week.George Curzon was not a man who harboured doubts about his abilities He was a hugely able and talented man, but suffered from the imperial outlook common to many men of his background and time He saw Britain s status and future greatness as being inextricably linked to the fortunes of the Empire.Curzon was one of the three great British Proconsuls of the Empire at the turn of the century alongside Cromer and Milner In his younger days he travelled extensively through Afghanistan and Central Asia and was supremely well qualified for the post of Indian Viceroy.In the end he didn t have quite the successful political career that had originally been expected In many ways he seemed quite na ve and perhaps too straightforward to deal with the wily shameless machinations of politicians such as Lloyd George He was very abrupt and even though h First, let me begin by saying that this is a well written and thorough biography of a crucial British political figure in the early 20th century That said Curzon was famous as a hard nosed, stubborn and brutal Viceroy of India for the British Empire He rarely got along with people, except for the numerous women he seduced and discarded, and ended up being politically neutralized within his own party for his gruff manner And this biography bends over backwards to rehabilitate Curzon s reputat First, let me begin by saying that this is a well written and thorough biography of a crucial British political figure in the early 20th ce Books rarely are ground breaking or reputation making or breaking, this one is.With so much original research and first hand accounts, David Gilmour, who is a fantastic writer and researcher, has saved from impeding obscurity the reputation of the man who was India s greatest Viceroy, the creator and overseer of the Delhi Durbar and the Remembrance Day Service as we know it today Even the lies of Lord Beaverbrook the media magnate have been dispelled, which in turn brings to light the poor jou Books rarely are ground breaking or reputation making or breaking, this one is.With so much original research and first hand accounts, David Gilmour, who is a fantastic writer and researcher, has saved from impeding obscurity the reputation of the man who was India s greatest Viceroy, the creator and overseer of the Delhi Durbar and the Remembrance Day Service as we know it today Even the lies of Lord Beaverbrook the media magnate have been dispelled, which in turn brings to light the poor journalism standards that saw successive writers and biographers malign Curzon based on what was said by Lord Beaverbrook, rather than doing their own research into the matter.The seminal Foreign Secretary with a vast knowledge of the world, I don t think the UK has had such an erudite and knowledgeable foreign secretary since The greatest Prime Minister the United Kingdom never had Possib interesting read. I liked George Curzon and he didn t have it easy despite being born with a silver spoon in his mouth and expectations of greatness He was the victim of an appalling conspiracy by colleagues and friends in high office and he left his India position without the acclaim that was due to him I read this book slowly as I was reluctant to let him go as I liked him so much He stood head and shoulders over those around him and they took from him the positions he would have excelled in When he did g I liked George Curzon and he didn t have it easy despite being born with a silver spoon in his mouth and expectations of greatness He was the victim of an appalling conspiracy by colleagues and friends in high office and he left his India position without th Curzon is one of those typically British biographies of dead political figures Such biographies tend to go into great detail not just about the protagonist, but about long forgotten political issues fought among long forgotten men If you are interested in the protagonist, or the period, this can be excellent, as long as the writing is good, and Gilmour s is good But if you re looking for an objectively thrilling read, you should stay away.Before I read this book, I only knew vaguely of Geor Curzon is one of those typically British biographies of dead political figures Such biographies tend to go into great detail not just about the protagonist, but about long forgotten political issues fought among long forgotten men If you are interested in the protagonist, or the period, this can be excellent, as long as the writing is good, and Gilmour s is good But if you re looking for an objectively thrilling read, you should stay away.Before I read this book, I only knew vaguely of George Curzon, primarily for the so called Curzon Line, which is not even mentioned in this very long book The Curzon Line was the line proposed by Curzon after World War I as the border between Bolshevik Russia and newly reconstituted Poland But Curzon did a lotthan draw borders during his workaholic life He is today regarded, when remembered, as a man of tremendous early promise and gifts, undermined by perceived and real defects of personality, who never reac Like the many monuments he helped restore across the provinces of India, the figure of George Curzon 1859 1925 stands upon the pages of history striking, evocative, and somewhat the worse for wear Known as one of the most talented conservative British statesmen of his era Viceroy of India, Foreign Secretary, and Leader of the House of Lords the public record bears the imprint of his eloquent rhetoric, as well as his political and organizational accomplishments However, memory gives far Like the many monuments he helped restore across the provinces of India, the figure of George Curzon 1859 1925 stands upon the pages of history striking, evocative, and somewhat the worse