Acknowledged to be a brilliant debater and parliamentarian, Disraeli is still England's first and only Jewish prime minister. There was much more to Benjamin Disraeli, though, than his career as a nineteenth-century politician. Dandy, novelist, social climber, he often behaved as if politics was merely a way to a more interesting life. This biography takes four areas of Disraeli's complex character and through them constructs an entirely new portrait. Exploring Disraeli's attitudes to society, the monarchy, his own sexuality, and his innate political daring, it rediscovers his irreverence. It sheds new light on the man and his legacy. Drawing on primary sources and much original research, the book seeks to restore the core characteristic of humanity to someone who has long been judged merely another eminent but worthy Victorian. It also explores the game of politics as Disraeli saw it -- the fun and pleasure of it, in a way that compels us to rethink the way politics are presented today.