Disraeli's Secret

Benjamin Disraeli was an exotic character even in his own time, but his career shows the secret that guaranteed him success and fame: He knew what he wanted.

Issue: Spring 2002

Queen Victoria's favorite prime minister, Benjamin Disraeli
(1803-81), seems at first glance impossibly far removed from our
experience. Novelist, wit, orator, arguably the founder of Britain's
modern Conservative Party, Disraeli was an exotic to his
contemporaries and remains an endless fascination to those who study
his life. There were none like him in his time, and not in our time
either.

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