Pretense of Glory: The Life of General Nathaniel P. Banks James G. Hollandsworth Jr.

ISBN: 9780807122938

Published: December 1st 1998

Hardcover

292 pages


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Pretense of Glory: The Life of General Nathaniel P. Banks  by  James G. Hollandsworth Jr.

Pretense of Glory: The Life of General Nathaniel P. Banks by James G. Hollandsworth Jr.
December 1st 1998 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 292 pages | ISBN: 9780807122938 | 9.24 Mb

In Pretense of Glory, the first modern biography of Nathaniel P. Banks, James G. Hollandsworth, Jr., reveals the complicated and contradictory nature of the man who called himself the fighting politician. Banks (1816-1884) enjoyed a long and almostMoreIn Pretense of Glory, the first modern biography of Nathaniel P. Banks, James G. Hollandsworth, Jr., reveals the complicated and contradictory nature of the man who called himself the fighting politician.

Banks (1816-1884) enjoyed a long and almost continuous career in public service - election to the Massachusetts legislature, elevation to the governorship of the state, and ten terms in the U.S. Congress - in spite of his lack of formal education, family connections, and personal fortune. An energetic, industrious youth, he taught himself law, studied foreign languages, and throughout his life maintained active interest in history, economics, and the science of government. Banks became known as a skillful statesman, a compelling speaker, and a politician with a bright future.

Nevertheless, this master of opportunities fell short of his ultimate goal - the White House - and proved to be a leader who sacrificed much to political expedience. In this engrossing biography, Hollandsworth illuminates the characteristics of Bankss personality that prevented him from realizing the promise of his early career in politics and contributed to his dismal record as a commanding officer.

Hollandsworth reveals how Bankss obsessive pretense of glory prevented him from achieving its reality.



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