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The Mirrors of Downing Street Some Political Reflections by a Gentleman with a Duster   By: (1871-1929)

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"The Mirrors of Downing Street: Some Political Reflections by a Gentleman with a Duster" by Harold Begbie invites readers into the intriguing world of British politics through the eyes of an astute observer. Delving deep into the corridors of power and offering insightful reflections, Begbie sheds light on the inner workings of Downing Street and provides a fascinating perspective on the political landscape.

The book is divided into several chapters, each exploring different aspects of British politics, ranging from the personalities of politicians to the policies they implement. Through his prose, Begbie exhibits a remarkable talent for lucid and engaging storytelling, making the sometimes-dry subject matter come alive. His meticulous attention to detail and his ability to present complex ideas in a comprehensible manner make this book accessible even to those with limited knowledge of politics.

One of the book's greatest strengths is Begbie's balanced approach. Despite being a self-proclaimed "gentleman with a duster" who holds personal biases, he manages to maintain an impartial tone, allowing readers to form their own opinions. His analyses of various political figures are fair and nuanced, capturing both their strengths and weaknesses. This unbiased perspective adds credibility to his observations and enhances the overall credibility of the book.

Moreover, Begbie's writing style is both eloquent and engaging. His use of vivid descriptions and evocative language transports readers into the heart of the political scene, making them feel like silent participants. It is clear that the author's passion for politics shines through in every sentence, making this book a captivating read for anyone interested in the subject matter.

However, despite its many strengths, "The Mirrors of Downing Street" is not without flaws. At times, the book lacks depth, only scratching the surface of complex issues. Furthermore, Begbie occasionally gets too caught up in historical anecdotes, deviating from the book's core focus. While these diversions can be interesting, they sometimes detract from the main discussion, leaving readers eager to return to the central themes.

Overall, "The Mirrors of Downing Street: Some Political Reflections by a Gentleman with a Duster" offers a unique and invaluable perspective on British politics. Harold Begbie's masterful storytelling, balanced analysis, and captivating writing style make this book an essential read for both political enthusiasts and casual readers alike. Whether one is well-versed in politics or a newcomer to the field, there is much to be gained from the enlightening journey Begbie takes us on through his political reflections.

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" Right and wrong are in the nature of things. They are not words and phrases. They are in the nature of things, and if you transgress the laws laid down, imposed by the nature of things, depend upon it you will pay the penalty ."



G. P. PUTNAM'S SONS NEW YORK AND LONDON The Knickerbocker Press 1921




Printed in the United States of America


America and England have worked and fought together and have brought to a successful conclusion the great war in defence of civilization against a military imperialism which was threatening to dominate the world. They have now responsibilities together in connection with the measures needed to assure the continued peace of the world and to secure, particularly for the smaller states and for communities not in a position to become independent nations, the protection of their liberties, to which they have as assured a right as that asserted by a state of first importance which can support its claims with great armies.

In this work of helping to adjust the present urgent problems of the world, England is demanding cooperation from America... Continue reading book >>

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