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Titans: Fox vs. Pitt by Dick Leonard, Mark Garnett

Titans: Fox vs. Pitt

Dick Leonard, Mark Garnett

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Imprint: I.B. Tauris
Publisher: I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Publication date: 28 Feb 2019
ISBN: 9781784533694
3 stars out of 5
5 Jun 2019

"offer[s] a timely backdrop to Britain’s present woes"

For 22 years, Fox and Pitt eyeballed each other across the despatch box, the only place they ever cared to meet, given their shared animosity. The resulting book is a standard, sometimes pedestrian account of a life-long duel — with one significant difference. In foregrounding “the fluid nature of partisan allegiances,” which reached a climax during the Regency Crisis, the authors recast Fox and Pitt as remarkable compromisers and persuaders — titanic parliamentarians whose agility and oratory sustained their careers and bears galling contrast with the dearth of frontbench talent on display today... While sometimes leaning upon unnecessary lengthy quotations from other historians, Titans finds a timely relevance in the present parliamentary logjam.