The Financial Affairs of David Lloyd George

By Ian Ivatt

'In this important and pioneering study, Ian Ivatt has focussed his attention on a key theme rather neglected by historians and biographers of Lloyd George - his relationship with money and financial resources... [these] compelling, engrossing themes, central to an understanding of Lloyd George's life, are dissected with a masterly touch by Mr. Ivatt. He has spared no effort to master the ever burgeoning published literature on David Lloyd George, has waded through the various scattered archival sources and scoured the newspaper columns too. He has also conducted personal interviews and undertaken research on the ground. All his enthralling discoveries have been deftly welded into a cohesive, absorbing account' J. Graham Jones, from the Foreword David Lloyd George, was a immensely colourful, controversial and enigmatic character who dominated the political life of Britain in the opening decades of the twentieth century. Famously described by Churchill as 'the greatest Welshman that unconquerable race has produced since the age of the Tudors', Lloyd George's political legacy is considerable and includes the introduction of a 'welfare state' whilst as Chancellor of the Exchequer, and as an effective and successful Prime Minister during the Great War. He was also however, implicated in a number of personal scandals relating to his great duel loves; women and money. The Financial Affairs of David Lloyd George is the first serious and systematic study to examine, assess and analyse Lloyd George's attitude to money and finance and compelling illustrates how he accumulated great wealth by fair and more questionable methods. The product of many year's forensic research, author and accountant Ian Ivatt tells the intriguing story of how the man, who started work at 15 as a trainee solicitor's clerk in Porthmadog, earning a mere 15 shillings (less than ?40), died in 1945 leaving an estate valued at ?139,855 (?6.5 million). [Subject: Politics, History]

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Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781860571251