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The Story of Baden-Powell 'The Wolf That Never Sleeps'   By: (1871-1929)

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In "The Story of Baden-Powell 'The Wolf That Never Sleeps'," Harold Begbie crafts a meticulous and insightful biography of one of the most influential figures in the realm of scouting, Lord Baden-Powell. In this book, Begbie skilfully weaves together Baden-Powell's personal journey, his vision for scouting, and the impact he made on millions of lives worldwide.

From the very beginning, the author immerses readers in the life of a man who would go on to reshape the world of youth education and character development. Through vivid descriptions and diligent research, Begbie paints a captivating portrait of Baden-Powell as a resourceful, fearless, and compassionate individual from his early days as a cadet to his military expeditions across Africa.

One of the notable strengths of this biography is its ability to delve into the intricacies of Baden-Powell's character. By exploring his experiences during the Boer War and his time spent in India, Begbie uncovers the transformative moments that shaped Baden-Powell's values and ultimately led him to establish the scouting movement. It is enlightening to witness his evolution from a seasoned military man to someone who saw the potential in young individuals and sought to nurture their talents and skills.

Furthermore, the author deftly captures the essence of scouting as envisioned by Baden-Powell. The book takes readers through the early years of the movement, shedding light on its principles, outdoor activities, and the strong sense of camaraderie it fostered among young scouts. Begbie's ability to convey the excitement surrounding the scouting movement is truly admirable, and readers are able to understand why it became such a transformative force for countless youngsters.

However, one potential drawback of this biography is its occasionally meandering narrative. The book occasionally delves into tangents and digresses from the central storyline. While these diversions do provide additional context or anecdotes, they can sometimes make the narrative feel disjointed and disrupt the overall flow.

Despite this minor flaw, "The Story of Baden-Powell 'The Wolf That Never Sleeps'" remains an engrossing and enlightening read. Begbie's passion for his subject shines through, and his meticulous research ensures a comprehensive exploration of the life and legacy of Lord Baden-Powell. This biography successfully captures the spirit of scouting, portraying it as a movement that aimed to shape young individuals into responsible citizens and leaders.

In conclusion, "The Story of Baden-Powell 'The Wolf That Never Sleeps'" is an invaluable biography that celebrates the life and remarkable achievements of this visionary leader. Harold Begbie's insightful storytelling and meticulous research make this book a must-read for anyone interested in the origins of the scouting movement and the lasting impact of Lord Baden-Powell's legacy.

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'The Wolf that never Sleeps'




Vestigia nulla retrorsum


"... A name and an example, which are at this hour inspiring hundreds of the youth of England...."

Southey's Life of Nelson .

First printed May 1900. Reprinted May 1900



If amid the storm and stress of your academic career you find an hour's relaxation in perusing the pages of this book, all the travail that I have suffered in the making of it will be repaid a thousandfold. Throughout the quiet hours of many nights, when Morpheus has mercifully muzzled my youngest (a fine child, sir, but a female), I have bent over my littered desk driving a jibbing pen, comforted and encouraged simply and solely by the vision of my labour's object and attainment. I have seen at such moments the brink of a river, warm with the sun's rays, though sheltered in part by the rustling leaves of an alder, and thereon, sprawling at great ease, chin in the cups of the hand, stomach to earth, and toes tapping the sweet smelling sod, your illustrious self deep engrossed in my book. For this alone I have written. If, then, it was the prospect of thus pleasing you that sustained me in my task, to whom else can I more fittingly inscribe the fruits of my labour? Accept then, honoured sir, this work of your devoted servant, assured that, if the book wins your affection and leaves an ideal or two in the mind when you come regretfully upon "Finis," I shall smoke my pipe o' nights with greater pleasure and contentment than ever I have done since I ventured the task of sketching my gallant hero's adventurous career... Continue reading book >>

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