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‘Meticulously researched, beautifully written and enlivened by the author’s mischievous wit, Britain’s Greatest Prime Minister is a tour de force in political biography and provides a deep sense of the tumultuous and challenging times in which Lord Liverpool lived. An added bonus is Hutchinson’s unconventional assessment of the good, the bad, the mediocre and the dregs among UK prime ministers.’

Kevin Dowd, Durham University

‘Martin Hutchinson, one of the rarest of Wall Street’s birds of plumage — a true original thinker — here makes the persuasive case that the greatest of Britain’s prime ministers is a man whose name perhaps few Americans have ever heard. This splendid, erudite, fast-moving biography assures Lord Liverpool of the recognition he so richly deserves.’

James Grant, Founder and Editor, Grant’s Interest Rate Observer

‘Martin Hutchinson has written a masterly biography rooted in political economy that promotes the once-despised Lord Liverpool to the first rank of prime ministers. He demonstrates how Liverpool's shrewd financial policy laid the foundations for defeating Napoleon, restoring post-war stability at home and in Europe, and strengthening Britain's economic and strategic world dominance. It's an impressive story, still largely unknown, and Hutchinson's telling is powerful and readable in equal measure.’

John O'Sullivan, Editor-at-large of National Review and author of The President, the Pope and the Prime Minister


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ISBN: 9780718895631
Specifications: 234x156mm (9.21x6.14in), 452pp
Illustrations: b&w
Released: November 26, 2020

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List of Illustrations
Note on Nomenclature
Note on Money

I – Introduction sample
II – Early years to Pitt’s death, 1770-1806
III – Primus inter pares 1806-11
IV – Year of Destiny 1812 sample
V – Years of Victory – 1813-15
VI – Penury and Progress – 1815-19
VII – Challenges, recovery and transition – 1820-23
VIII – Bubble, reform, death and oblivion 1824-32
IX – Conclusion

Appendix: Liverpool's letter to the Bank of England

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