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Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1998, first edition. 
369 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0297816217 B&w photographs, reproductions. "Basil Liddell Hart was a rare bird: military writer, creative artist, journalist, propagandist, controversialist, archivist, adviser, exemplar, and thrower of stones. A war poet in prose - his best work carried a comparable charge - his writing engaged and enraged three generations. Like a true poet, his voice lingers. His language and his leanings saturate later thought, often unwittingly. Liddell Hart is the Bertrand Russell of his field: he is all-pervasive. Young people who looked up to him (in every sense) were often reminded of a stork - benign, fastidious, outlandish, perhaps even a little comic; undeniably impressive . He dressed well. He dined well. He tipped well. He consorted with Lawrence of Arabia. His womenfolk looked enchanting: he chose their clothes. For the Captain who taught Generals was an expert in more fields than one. He was also a leading authority on fashion - in particular, the corset. Liddell Hart had a sophisticated appreciation of l'artillerie de nuit. Like all great artists, his best ideas were other people's, made matchlessly his own. (This) is the first biography of this remarkable man: a brilliant evocation of a life more succulent, and more subversive, than we ever knew." Tiny bump at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has small wrinkle at top edge of rear flap, two 1" parallel knife scratches on rear panel. Near Fine /Very Good+ 
Price: 22.50 USD


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