The Story of Gladstone's Life


Read by Pamela Nagami

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William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898), four times Prime Minister of Great Britain, dominated the Liberal Party for thirty years, but ultimately divided it over the issue of Irish Home Rule, which he unsuccessfully championed. He brought to parliamentary politics a moral fervor which made him the personification of the Victorian Age, but which also challenged the complacency of its imperialistic assumptions. In this 1897 biography, the Liberal Irish member of Parliament, Justin McCarthy, presents a Gladstone still vividly remembered, rising to speak in the House of Commons among a host of illustrious contemporaries, including Benjamin Disraeli, Lord Palmerston, and Sir Robert Peel, or expounding his views to a bored and baffled Queen Victoria, who called him a "ridiculous, wild, and incomprehensible old fanatic." (Pamela Nagami) (10 hr 40 min)

Chapters

Ch. 1: 'The Gledstanes' 9:42 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 2: Eton and Oxford 25:41 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 3: Gladstone's Introduction to Public Life 12:56 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 4: Gladstone's First Parliament 24:36 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 5: Gladstone in Office 21:43 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 6: Gladstone's First Book 20:35 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 7: Gladstone's Marriage 30:35 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 8: The Free-Trade Struggle 10:18 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 9: The Free-Trade Struggle; Member for Oxford 17:20 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 10: Don Pacifico--Death of Sir Robert Peel 21:14 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 11: The Neopolitan Letters 27:01 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 12: The Ecclesiastical Titles Bill 15:47 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 13: Gladstone and Disraeli as Rivals 20:29 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 14: Gladstone and Bright 6:13 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 15: A Coalition Government 10:20 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 16: The Crimean War 26:38 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 17: The Ionian Islands 26:22 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 18: The Repeal of the Taxes on Education 31:46 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 19: The American Civil War 15:42 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 20: Gladstone Supports Popular Suffrage 28:25 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 21: The Irish State Church and Land Tenure Questions 21:05 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 22: National Education; Other Reforms 8:15 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 23: The Irish University Question 13:35 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 24: The Alabama Question 7:39 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 25: The Tide Turns 14:37 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 26: Gladstone in Retirement 18:06 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 27: Achilles Recalled 15:37 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 28: The Two Sphinxes, Ireland and Egypt 22:13 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 29: War with the Boers, the Franchise Bill, a New Election 9:55 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 30: Home Rule 32:26 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 31: 'The Long Day's Task is Done' 23:44 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 32: Gladstone's Busy Leisure 28:56 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 33: Penultimate 13:20 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 34: 'The Grand Old Man' 7:16 Read by Pamela Nagami