THE UNKNOWN LLOYD GEORGE
A Statesman in Conflict

TRAVIS L CROSBY
288pp 16 ILLUS 2014 LIST PRICE: £30.00 B816

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David Lloyd George is widely regarded as one of the most effective British prime ministers of the twentieth century. A dynamic speaker and committed social reformer, he led Britain successfully through the devastation of the First World War and had a powerful impact on international politics. In the post-war peace treaties, he sought a just, rather than a vengeful, settlement for the defeated powers in an attempt to preserve a peaceful international order. While Lloyd George's achievements were undoubtedly substantial, his political record was not entirely without blemish and, in his personal life, he was a fascinating and complex character. Renowned as a womaniser, after 1913 he retained two separate households – one with his wife and one with his mistress, his former private secretary. Based on extensive research, Crosby provides a fresh appraisal of the life of one of Britain's most conflicted politicians.