Excerpt from The Life of Prince BismarckDuring the later fifties, when I visited Germany for the first time, my interest was aroused by the fascination which the name of Bismarck seemed to exercise among the people. From that time until his death IMoreExcerpt from The Life of Prince BismarckDuring the later fifties, when I visited Germany for the first time, my interest was aroused by the fascination which the name of Bismarck seemed to exercise among the people. From that time until his death I followed his career with admiration, and having gathered a large amount of material relating to it, I finally decided to arrange it in the form of a narrative of his life.Since his death two books have appeared.
Many of the statements in the first are surrounded by such probable improbabilities that few people, I should think, will care to preserve it as a credible record of his great life. With regard to the second, while it must always remain sacred to admirers of the hero, and of great value to historians, one cannot but feel that it is the product of a time of life when that clear eye had become somewhat dim, and that strong right hand had lost somewhat of its cunning- or that, at least, the great Chancellors passionate nature had become so mellowed that much that one would expect to be tersely told is merely pleasantly related, whilst there are complete blanks on matters which it was eagerly expected his book would explain.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books.
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