John Stuart Mill: Victorian Firebrand
A young activist and highly-educated Cambridge Union debater, Mill would become in time the highest-ranked English thinker of the nineteenth century, the author of the landmark essay On Liberty and one of the most passionate reformers and advocates of his revolutionary, opinionated age. As a journalist he fired off a weekly article on Irish land reform as the people of that nation starved, as an MP he introduced the first vote on women's suffrage, fought to preserve free-speech and opposed slavery, and, in his private life, pursued for two decades a love affair with another man's wife.
To understand Mill and his contribution, Richard Reeves explores his life and work in tandem. His book is a riveting and authoritative biography of a man raised to promote happiness, whose life was spent in the pursuit of truth and liberty for all.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - gmicksmith - LibraryThing
From his unusual childhood education to his climax as a leading intellectual of his day John Stuart Mill's biography is an intriguing one. I would not say he was a firebrand but more of a smoldering ... Read full review