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This is a fun read on Talleyrand, who was a survivor and master manipulator during the French Revolution and the decades that followed. The author has fun with the subject, which makes it very Riveting and elegantly written. Amounts to a hagiography: Prince T can do no wrong in Cooper's eyes, where other writers talk only his duplicity. Certainly was a serial turncoat but apparently did all Duff Cooper.
Duff Cooper's classic biography charts the remarkable progress of Talleyrand; a silver-tongued master diplomat, infamous turncoat, peacekeeper and libertine. Talleyrand held high office in five successive regimes from France's Ancient Regime, into the Revolution of , Robespierre's Terror, Napoleon's epic wars, and on through restored kings to more revolution.
Duff Cooper brings Talleyrand vividly to life and paints an exhilarating picture of this tumultuous period in European history. His life was devoted to politics until when, as First Lord of the Admiralty, he resigned in protest at the Munich Agreement. Called back to office by Churchill in , his wartime career culminated in his appointment as Ambassador to France. Shortly before his death he was made 1st Viscount Norwich.
He died in
Book Review: Talleyrand by Duff Cooper
Unique in his own age and a phenomenon in any, Charles-Maurice, Prince de Talleyrand, was a diplomat and statesman of outstanding ability and extraordinary contradictions. At once bishop and libertine, iconoclast and traditionalist, he made himself indispensable and held high office in five successive reigns. From the Revolutionary regime, through exile in America, to new eminence under Napoleon, Talleyrand plotted his way to the restoration of the Bourbons and his own crowning achievement—winning an effective voice for France in the settlement of Europe at the Congress of Vienna—and served a further twenty years before he retired, at eighty, under the constitutional monarchy of Louis Philippe. Home Books Talleyrand Share This. Grove Press. About The Book Unique in his own age and a phenomenon in any, Charles-Maurice, Prince de Talleyrand, was a diplomat and statesman of outstanding ability and extraordinary contradictions. Tags Historical.
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One of history's greatest, most repugnant, figures
Charles-Maurice, Prince de Talleyrand, has been very well served by biographers. Alfred Duff Cooper's life of the long-serving French politician and diplomat is one of the ornaments of English letters, and since then three other impressive works have been written on the same subject. Like his distinguished predecessors, Robin Harris admires his subject and has no hesitation in hailing Talleyrand as a progressive statesman. Fortunately, however, he also gives the reader plenty of evidence to support a radically different view, that Talleyrand was in fact one of the most revolting human beings to have besmirched the lateth and earlyth centuries.
This is a fun read on Talleyrand, who was a survivor and master manipulator during the French Revolution and the decades that followed. The author has fun with the subject, which makes it very Riveting and elegantly written. Amounts to a hagiography: Prince T can do no wrong in Cooper's eyes, where other writers talk only his duplicity.