A British Achilles: The Story of George, 2nd Earl Jellicoe KBE DSO MC FRS

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“Intriguing . . . describes a modest but exceptional man from whom the contemporary soldier, politician, and citizen can learn how to enjoy life (and how not to).” —The Spectator
 
Son of the victor of Jutland, George Jellicoe has enjoyed power and privilege but never shirked his duty. His war exploits are legendary and, as a founder member of Stirling’s SAS and first commander of the Special Boat Service, he saw action a-plenty. A brigadier at twenty-six with a DSO and MC, he liberated Athens as the Germans withdrew and saved Greece from a Communist revolution.
 
After the war, Jellicoe joined the Foreign Office and worked with spies Guy Burgess, Kim Philby, and Donald Maclean in Washington and on the Soviet Desk. His political life saw him in the Cabinet of the Heath Government and he is frank with his biographer over the issues and characters of his fellow ministers.
 
Jellicoe’s Achilles heel is his weakness for, and attraction to, women. His resignation over an involvement with a prostitute was a national scandal, but he is refreshingly honest and devoid of self-justification. He remained an active member of the Lords pursuing a top-level business career.
 
A British Achilles is a superb biography of a major public figure and exemplary wartime soldier.
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About the author

Lorna Windmill Almonds is a professional author and biographer. She wrote the best selling biography of SAS hero and ‘original’ Jim Almonds entitled Gentleman Jim (Cassells). She has enjoyed full access to Earl Jellicoe’s papers and letters and has interviewed him and many friends, acquaintances and contacts while writing this book.

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Pen and Sword
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Published on
Mar 19, 2006
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Pages
304
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ISBN
9781781597255
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Historical
Biography & Autobiography / Military
History / Military / World War II
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