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John Wilkes: A Friend to Liberty
Title : John Wilkes: A Friend to Liberty
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ISBN : 9780198205449
Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 294

Often deemed the founder of British radicalism, John Wilkes (1725-1797) had a shattering impact on the politics of his time. His audacity in challenging government authority was matched by his skill and determination in attaining his objectives: the freedom of the press to criticize ministers and report Parliament; enhanced security for individuals and their property fromOften deemed the founder of British radicalism, John Wilkes (1725-1797) had a shattering impact on the politics of his time. His audacity in challenging government authority was matched by his skill and determination in attaining his objectives: the freedom of the press to criticize ministers and report Parliament; enhanced security for individuals and their property from arbitrary arrest and seizure; and the rights of electors. In this fascinating and original biography, Peter Thomas provides an intriguing portrait of the man George III referred to as that Devil, Wilkes'.


John Wilkes: A Friend to Liberty Reviews

  • Jacob Lines

    What to think of John Wilkes? It’s complicated. The man was obnoxious, licentious, vulgar, profligate, and widely considered a hero for his service to the cause of liberty.Thomas does a masterful job of showing Wilkes’s complicated nature. Wilkes was a generous friend, with the problem that he would give away more money than he should. He was truly committed to reform, but also a vain publicity hog. The book is great in telling the story of Wilkes’ very interesting struggles. He was declar [...]