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Book Summary of Talleyrand

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 1789, 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

About the Author

Alfred Duff Cooper, was a statesman, diplomat and author. Born in 1890, he won the DSO as a second lieutenant in the First World War, and entered Parliament in 1923. His life was devoted to politics until 1938 when, as First Lord of the Admiralty, he resigned in protest at the Munich Agreement. Called back to office by Churchill in 1940, his wartime career culminated in his appointment as Ambassador to France. Shortly before his death he was made 1st Viscount Norwich. Among his best-known books are Talleryrand, Operation Heartbreak and his autobiography, Old Men Forget. He died in 1954.

Details of Book: Talleyrand (BSID:3316)

Book Talleyrand
Author Duff Cooper
ISBN 0099541629
ISBN-13 9780099541622, 978-0099541622
Binding Paperback
Publisher Random House
Publishing Date 20101202
Number of Pages 336
Language English
Dimensions 7.8 x 5.08 x 0.83 inches
Weight 231 grams

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Larry March 10, 2010 review from Goodreads

Though this biography of Talleyrand is more many that seven decades old, it is still readable and has lessons to teach us. Though Talleyrand was a wiley schemer, he did hold all of his career one constant diplomatic principle--that peace in Europe was beneficial for Western civilization (of which...

Mick July 02, 2011 review from Goodreads

Diplomatic services of the late 18th and early 19th century are not much different from today. This was a topic that I thought would be boring, but Duff Cooper has written an excellent book. The man in question has probably helped make this exciting, but a good job well done by Cooper. I would hi...

Jim July 25, 2007 review from Goodreads

An almost effortlessly excellent biography by an author you've never heard of. Duff Cooper, an English aristocrat and diplomat in the 1920s, first published Talleyrand in 1932. Charles-Maurice, Prince de Talleyrand, was the most gifted statesman of his time รข?? surviving Louis XVI, the French Revol...


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