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Lost Leaders   By: (1844-1912)

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Lost Leaders by Andrew Lang is a captivating literary work that delves into the lives of forgotten historical figures. Lang's expertise in historical research and his engaging writing style make this book a compelling read for both history enthusiasts and general readers.

The book is structured as a collection of biographical sketches, each exploring the life and accomplishments of a lesser-known individual who once had a significant impact on society. By shining a spotlight on these "lost leaders," Lang challenges the conventional narrative of historiography that often overlooks their contributions.

One of the book's strengths lies in Lang's meticulous research. He successfully unearths details and anecdotes about these individuals that otherwise would have remained buried in the annals of time. With his expert storytelling skills, Lang breathes life into these forgotten figures, allowing readers to connect with their struggles, triumphs, and the circumstances that led to their eventual obscurity.

Lang's writing style is engaging and accessible, making Lost Leaders an enjoyable read. He seamlessly blends historical facts with engaging storytelling, ensuring that readers of all backgrounds can appreciate the book's contents. Whether it's about a forgotten artist, a neglected scientist, or an underrated politician, Lang's prose keeps the reader engrossed in the narrative.

Furthermore, Lost Leaders serves as an excellent reminder that history is multifaceted and that greatness exists beyond the widely acknowledged figures. It encourages readers to question the traditional narratives propagated by textbooks and encourages us to explore the stories of those who were seemingly sidelined by history.

One minor drawback of the book may be its structure. While the individual biographies make for fascinating reading, some readers might find it challenging to maintain a continuous flow due to the frequent shifts in focus. However, this can also be seen as a strength, as readers can dip into the book at any point and still find an enlightening read.

Overall, Lost Leaders is a must-read for anyone interested in history and the complex lives of lesser-known historical figures. Andrew Lang's in-depth research, combined with his eloquent storytelling, makes this book a compelling exploration of forgotten leaders. By shining a spotlight on these neglected individuals, Lang encourages readers to reconsider their perspectives on history and appreciate the hidden and often overlooked contributions made by these unsung heroes.

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These articles are reprinted, by the permission of the Editor, from the Daily News . They were selected and arranged by Mr. Pett Ridge, who, with the Publishers, will perhaps kindly take a share in the responsibility of republishing them.



September is the season of the second and lovelier youth of the river scenery of Scotland. Spring comes but slowly up that way; it is June before the woods have quite clothed themselves. In April the angler or the sketcher is chilled by the east wind, whirling showers of hail, and even when the riverbanks are sweet with primroses, the bluff tops of the border hills are often bleak with late snow. This state of things is less unpropitious to angling than might be expected. A hardy race of trout will sometimes rise freely to the artificial fly when the natural fly is destroyed, and the angler is almost blinded with dusty snowflakes. All through midsummer the Scotch rivers lose their chief attractions. The bracken has not yet changed its green for the fairy gold, the hue of its decay; the woods wear a uniform and sombre green; the waters are low and shrunken, and angling is almost impossible. But with September the pleasant season returns for people who love "to be quiet, and go a fishing," or a sketching... Continue reading book >>

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