From a section of the blurb;
"Billy Hughes, Prime Minister of Australia, referred to the statecraft of Lloyd George as "the magic of Merlin". The parallel was apt in many ways; Merlin too, was a fatherless waif from Wales. But The Mask of Merlin is not merely a new study of the life of the celebrated Welsh Premier, it is an attempt to seek "the magic of Merlin" beneath the mask of the statesman, to examine the "Lloyd George Legend" so carefully built up by earlier biographers, and to make a reappraisal of the character and career of the dynamic politician.
Was Lloyd George a great patriot, or a traitor? Was he a war winner or a war bungler? A sincere statesman, or a political mountebank? In his hey-day, Lloyd George achieved absolute power than even Sir Winston Churchill secured in World War II. He was, it has been argued, "the master of Europe". The theme of this book is how power corrupts, Lloyd George`s peccadilloes, which more than once threatened his career, his intrigues with Zaharoff, and the building up of his political fund with which to hold the main parties to ransom are show as influences in the process of corruption.
"History has yet to reveal - perhaps it will never fully reveal - the measure of corruption which Lloyd George permitted to enter politics during his six years as Prime Minister", wrote Robert Blake. Donald McCormick draws aside the veil which has previously obscured much of the truth, making use of new sources , hitherto untapped, such as private memoranda of Mr Vivian Phillips, Liberal Chief Whip, which sheds much new light on the Lloyd George Fund and how it was raised.
The author also deals with many other assicotes of Lloyd George - Sir Basil Zaharoff, the arms magnate ; Maundy Gregory and Sir William Sutherland, key men in the Sale of Honours scandal ; and the enigmatic Trebitsch Lincoln, the Liberal MP who later became a spy and traitor against the country of his adoption."
Excellent pages with some edge-wear. Includes dust-jacket in good condition.