By Martin Ceadel
Sir Norman Angell, pioneer either one of diplomacy as a special self-discipline and of the speculation of globalization, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, and one of many 20th century's major internationalist campaigners on each side of the Atlantic, lived the good phantasm in 3 senses. First, his 'life job', as he got here to name it, was once based upon and outlined by way of the good phantasm, a best-seller whose unique model seemed in 1909: it perceptively confirmed how financial interdependence may hinder nice powers making the most of conflict; but it made different, much less felicitous, claims from whose implications he spent many years attempting to extricate himself. moment, his magnum opus and all his most sensible paintings derived, to an volume strange for a public highbrow, now not from summary considering yet from an eventful and sundry lifestyles as a jobbing journalist in 4 international locations, a cowboy, land-speculator, and gold-prospector in California, creation supervisor of the continental version of the day-by-day Mail, writer, lecturer, pig farmer, Labour MP, entrepreneur, and campaigner for collective protection. 3rd, he fostered many an everlasting phantasm approximately himself by way of at a number of occasions giving wrongly his age, identify, nationality, marital prestige, key profession dates, and middle ideals. via dint of cautious detective paintings, this primary biography of Angell finds the reality a couple of outstanding lifestyles that has hitherto been a lot misrepresented and misinterpreted.