R.S.S. Baden-Powell, who founded the Boy Scouts movement in 1908, was a British military hero during the Boer War and an author, actor, artist, spy, sportsman, and female impersonator.
In this absorbing and humane account of Baden-Powell's extraordinary life, Tim Jeal reveals for the first time the complex figure behind the saintly public mask, showing him to be a man of both dazzling talents and crippling secret fears. Reviews of the earlier edition: "Baden-Powell's life story is as rich and engrossing as any of his memorable campfire yarns ...a monumental biography."-Zara Steiner, New York Times Book Review "In an age of good biographies, here is one that deserves to be called great ...a magnificent book."-Piers Brendon, Mail on Sunday "Jeal's Baden-Powell is brave and self-seeking, devious and honorable, a domestic paragon whose repressed homosexuality fired his career, a soldier of genius who ultimately rejected militarism...The story that Tim Jeal has to tell is epic, funny, and touching."-Philip Oakes, New Statesman "Superb."-Ian Buruma, New York Review of Books
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 720 pages, 30 b-w illus.
- Publisher: Yale University Press
- Publication Date: 12/02/2007
- Category: Biography: historical, political & military
- ISBN: 9780300125139