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Hugh Trevor-Roper By Adam Sisman

Hugh Trevor-Roper by Adam Sisman

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The first biography of the great historian whose career was made and unmade by Hitler.

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Hugh Trevor-Roper: The Biography by Adam Sisman

Hugh Trevor-Roper's life is a rich subject for a biography - with elements of Greek tragedy, comedy and moments of high farce. Clever, witty and sophisticated, Trevor-Roper was the most brilliant historian of his generation. Until his downfall, he seemed to have everything: wealth and connections, a chair at Oxford, a beautiful country house, an aristocratic wife, and, eventually, a title of his own. Eloquent and versatile, fearless and formidable, he moved easily between Oxford and London, between the dreaming spires of scholarship and the jostling corridors of power. He developed a lucid prose style which he used to deadly effect. He was notorious for his acerbic attacks on other historians, but ultimately tainted his own reputation with a catastrophic error when he authenticated the forged 'Hitler Diaries'. Adam Sisman sheds new light on this fascinating and dramatic episode, but also shows that there was much more to Hugh Trevor-Roper's career than the fiasco of the Hitler Diaries hoax that became his epitaph. From wartime code-breaking to grilling Nazis while the trail was still fresh in 1945 (and finding Hitler's will buried inside a bottle), to his wide-ranging interests, his snobbery and his malice, his formidable post-war feuds with Evelyn Waugh, Tawney, Toynbee, Taylor and many others, and his secret and passionate affair with an older, married woman. A study in both success and failure, Adam Sisman's biography is a revealing and personal story of a remarkable life.

Hugh Trevor-Roper Reviews

Selected in January as one of a dozen "Hottest Books" of the forthcoming year SUNDAY TIMES richly rewarding on every level -- Selina Hastings THE INDEPENDENT Sisman tells the story of Trevor-Roper with authority and relish..a perfect biography -- Robert Harris SUNDAY TIMES detailed, judicious and entertaining, a great treat for those of us who enjoy bitchy don anecdotes -- David Sexton EVENING STANDARD a fascinating biography, which deserves parity of esteem with Leslie Mitchell's Maurice Bowra -- Eric Christiansen THE SPECTATOR This is an excellent biography. beautifully written and admiringly presented -- Anthony Howard NEW STATESMAN How lucky for Trevor-Roper, and for us, that the ideal biographer was here. It is impossible to praise Sisman's book too highly -- A N Wilson THE OBSERVER Sisman provides a gripping narrative of how Trevor-Roper came to authenticate Hitler Diaries..This biography is bursting with similarly compelling episodes from Trevor-Roper's life -- Tristram Hunt DAILY TELEGRAPH wonderfully complete and beautifully crafted -- Craig Brown MAIL ON SUNDAY Excellent. such a man makes a good story -- Charles Moore DAILY TELEGRAPH The great achievement of Sisman's work lies in the way he skilfully places Trevor-Roper's position as perhaps the foremost historian of the mid-20th century into a proper perspective -- Mark Bostridge FINANCIAL TIMES This is a fine and serious biography which, on page after page, has made me laugh out loud -- Noel Malcolm SUNDAY TELEGRAPH Adam Sisman's fascinating authorised biography. takes us behind this impressive facade to illuminate the man and his work... engrossing -- Brendan Simms THE INDEPENDENT the thoroughness, fairness and frankness of this biography are exemplary. consistently engrossing -- Stefan Collini THE GUARDIAN The book I most enjoyed reading last week was Adam Sisman's exceptionally astute biography of Hugh Trevor-Roper -- DJ Taylor INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY detailed, judicious and entertaining -- David Sexton THE SCOTSMAN provides enough exotic truffles to sate the appetites of the historical obsessives , but he also provides plenty of food for more normal tastes THE ECONOMIST a multi-dimensional portrait of a rebellious conformist who struggled to balance ambition and intellectual fastidiousness with his love of convivilality -- Roddy Matthews INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY One of the numerous merits in Sisman's life is that it captures the ebullience of its subject. compulsive reading -- Toby Barnard IRISH TIMES excellent -- Dominic Sandbrook LITERARY REVIEW a wonderfully rich, fluent narrative -- Derwent May THE TIMES Adam Sisman convinces me that Hugh Trevor-Roper was a major historian -- Edward Pearce TRIBUNE carefully fair and gracefully written -- Neal Ascherson LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS he has now been memorialised by an author who displays in no short measure the scupulousness which Trevor-Roper expected from himself and demanded in others THE HERALD his book is a remarkable achievement, clearly organised and written with obvious relish -- John Saumarez Smith COUNTRY LIFE Adam Sisman's magnificent biography is just as riveting (as The Last Days of Hitler), partly because its subject is a gift for the biographer -- Susan Hill THE LADY This is a richly comic tale, brilliantly told by Adam Sisman -- Roger Lewis SUNDAY EXPRESS Sisman's biography is shrewd and sympathetic -- Richard Vinen TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT Excellent...delicious schadenfreude. -- Paul Kirkley CAMBRIDGESHIRE JOURNAL This is a fluently written biography, with occasional sentences worthy of a subject who was amonth the greatest stylists of his generation. -- Kevin Sharpe HISTORY TODAY The story of Tervor-Roper's rise and humiliating downfall inevitably provides a narrative line for Adam Sisman's superb new biogrpahy. -- Jeffrey Collins THE NEW CRITERION Succeeds triumphantly in making the life of the arrogant don a riveting irresistable story -- Jane Ridley THE SPECTATOR entertainingly detailed -- Bevis Hillier THE SPECTATOR combines enlightenment and entertainment about a great historian -- Vernon Bogdanor NEW STATESMAN I was completely beguiled by Adam Sisman's HUGH TREVOR-ROPER -- DJ Taylor NEW STATESMAN perceptive and brilliantly written -- Francis King SPECTATOR this is an outstanding biography of a fascinating and brilliant man -- Noel Malcolm SUNDAY TELEGRAPH a veritable treasure trove for connoisseurs of academic intrigue, duplicity, arrogance and hubris -- Professor Tom Devine THE GLASGOW HERALD a crackingly entertaining biography of the waspish historian -- Craig Brown THE MAIL ON SUNDAY by miles the best biography I have read this year -- Max Hastings THE MAIL ON SUNDAY a rewarding read -- Andrew Holgate SUNDAY TIMES Adam Sisman's superb HUGH TREVOR-ROPER: THE BIOGRAPHY surpassed anything I read this year -- James McGuire IRISH TIMES This full and frank biography provides an intriguing insight into one of Britain's greatest historians. GOOD BOOK GUIDE (An) excellent biography. -- Richard Rathbone CONTEMPORARY REVIEW

About Adam Sisman

Adam Sisman worked in publishing before becoming a full-time writer. He lives near Bath.

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Hugh Trevor-Roper: The Biography by Adam Sisman
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