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    Duff Cooper(Author)
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

"Exquisite prose, political experience and decadent worldliness... Duff Cooper's perennial work has stood the test of time" (Evening Standard)"One of the ornaments of English letters" (Sunday Telegraph)"Masterly" (Glasgow Herald)"Duff Cooper's best book" (Guardian)"Elegant concision" (Economist)

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  • PDF | 336 pages
  • Duff Cooper(Author)
  • Vintage Classics (2 Dec. 2010)
  • English
  • 8
  • Biography
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  • By Max Markham on 12 May 2017

    This biography of Talleyrand, by a former British Ambassador at Paris, who was bilingual in French and English and who used his ample time in retirement for historical research, is widely acknowledged to be brilliant, accurate and readable. Talleyrand was probably the most consummate diplomat who ever lived, and a born political survivor. Insofar as it is possible to get inside his mind, Duff Cooper does. My only reservation is that more material has become available since the book was written, of which (obviously) Duff Cooper makes no mention. Perhaps his son, John Julius Norwich, might consider producing a new, edited version.

  • By saronic on 11 May 2017

    Brilliant, witty, essential reading for aspirant diplomats as well as students of the periodor even enthusiastic admirers of the French Revolution and Buonaparte.

  • By Peter G Kelly on 22 April 2017

    Talleyrand is a largely forgotten figure now, but Duff Cooper's biography shows us the importance of his guiding principles, and incidentally adds necessary balance to our view of Napoleon. Wonderfully entertaining as well.

  • By Zombie on 26 October 2015

    Great prose. Fascinating reading about an extraordinary statesman who retained power from the ancien regime through the different phases of the Revolution, Napoleon and the Restoration. A personal life rife with moral and financial corruption. A great read!

  • By Lindsey Clare Gee-Turner on 4 January 2015

    I didn't know quite what to expect & this was even better than anticipated! I can see why it has not been out-of-print for forty years! This is the book that Duff Cooper shows us he can really write. Highly recommended & I can see why even today people talk about it.

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