Why Spencer Perceval Had to Die

  • by Andro Linklater
  • Narrated by Stephen Rashbrook
  • 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Why Spencer Perceval Had to Die, Andro Linklater examines the assassination against the dramatic events of the time with the eye and insight of the finest detective.


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A great insight to political greed and obstinacy

This book gives an insight to the history of the early 1800s and shows why the 1812 war between UK, Canada, the Indian Confederacy and the USA occurred. It is also a story of political greed, obstinacy and lust for power which led to the assassination of a British prime minister.
A most enjoyable read.
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Slow start but worth reading.

This book filled a knowledge gap for me I knew nothing of British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval. How his intransigent evangelism (which I was surprised to learn was not an exclusively American phenomenon) was key to the abolition to the slave trade by the British -- certainly a positive step for mankind-- , but also to the persecution of the Irish as Catholics, the continued presence of Wellington in Spain (I am a Francophile) and to the war of 1812.
The core of the story revolves around the assassin, but I shan't spoil that here. A most interesting part for me was the author's exploration of the "cui Bono" (Who profited). Sticking to the documented plausible and avoiding going full mad cap conspirationist.
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- Sebastian

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-10-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios