An amusing and readable account of the bad boy of the Victorian era. A genius and a witty one, his youthful career consisted chiefly of pranks and flunking out of school in various dramatic ways. Gambling was a passion with him. His adventures took him to the continent, to America, Mexico, and to various places as attache in diplomatic service. He retired from political life in London, married an actress, became a theatrical manager, purchased a share in the Daily News, founded and edited ""truth"", and for the last thirty years of his life went back again into politics and held a sent in Parliament, most of that time, as a Radical. Good reading and not too long.