A personal and moving biography of a formidable soldier and misunderstood statesman 'Galloper' Jack Seely, Brough Scott's grandfather, was at the heart of some of the most important events of the first part of the twentieth century. His early life was one of adventure, sailing to the antipodes, saving the crew of a French ship wrecked off the coast of the Isle of Wight and later raising a squadron and joining the Boer War, where he was awarded the DSO for his bravery.On his return to England he was elected Conservative MP for the Isle of Wight, but just like his close friend Winston Churchill, later crossed over to the Liberal party. There he became a member of Asquith's War Council and proved a success. However, disaster struck in the shape of the Curragh mutiny. Though Seely had little choice in his actions was made a scapegoat. Forced to resign, Jack was sent to the Western Front and there made his name as a humane and innovative leader. But this experience would haunt him for the rest of his life. His insistence that there should never be another Great War, led him to embrace appeasement without questioning the Nazi regime. It was a decision that would haunt him for the rest of his life.Written with honesty and wit, this is an exciting, unusual and thought-provoking biography of a man who history has been unduly treated by history
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Brough Scott is familiar to millions as the racing pundit for Channel Four. An exjockey he is now a sports writer and is one of the founders of the Racing Post. He lives in London
Galloper Jack by Brough Scott
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