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A reissue of a book, first published in 1985, giving insight into the workings of central government. Sir John Colville, the author, was private secretary to three prime ministers (Chamberlain, Attlee and Churchill), and for two years was private secretary to Princess Elizabeth following her marriage to the Duke of Edinburgh. His previous books include "Footprints in Time" and "The Churchillians".

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Steven R. Wallace
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Reviewed in the United States on August 29, 2020
One of the best books I''ve read recently. Churchill, of course, is endlessly fascinating, but as told by his Private Secretary, himself a good writer, one gets a unique insider''s perspective on the Churchillian era.
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Thomas Grover
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Eyewitness to History
Reviewed in the United States on April 26, 2011
The author, Sir John Colville, had what might best be described as the "Best seat in the House" as Great Britain was pulled into the Second World War. He was secretary to Neville Chamberlain as Chamberlain''s efforts to appease Hitler failed and he stayed on to become... See more
The author, Sir John Colville, had what might best be described as the "Best seat in the House" as Great Britain was pulled into the Second World War. He was secretary to Neville Chamberlain as Chamberlain''s efforts to appease Hitler failed and he stayed on to become Secretary to Churchill as that great man led the Western World through the abyss.

This book is fascinating as Colville''s diary describes the slow descent into War and the public''s reaction to it. His own thoughts, and those of his friends are vividly described as they faced a future that was beginning to look grim and even fatal.

Absolutely a marvelous history, and from a unique vantage point.

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Very Detailed
Reviewed in the United States on December 23, 2019
Written in diary form, this is a dense hard to read and very detailed book; not for the easily bored.
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RickB
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Great for WWII interests
Reviewed in the United States on May 29, 2017
Excellent behind the scenes viewpoint and insights of key players in British government during WWIIG
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Henry's Mom
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Great book
Reviewed in the United States on December 23, 2012
Fantastic insight into the mindset and daily evolution of not only large policy and strategy but individual viewpoints during World War II.
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robin
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is this the revised edition?
Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2013
Probably as good as, if not better than Chips Channon''s diaries.An absolute must for anyone who both appreciates good writing and is interested in the period.
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Daniel Wilson
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Amazing book, first half covers up until Jan 1941
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 5, 2015
Amazing book, first half covers up until Jan 1941, and after that the daily updates get a bit shorter, which is a shame but still highly insightful as to how the politics of the war were done. Paraphrashing from October 1940 "Went to Coutts and then broke my resolve to...See more
Amazing book, first half covers up until Jan 1941, and after that the daily updates get a bit shorter, which is a shame but still highly insightful as to how the politics of the war were done. Paraphrashing from October 1940 "Went to Coutts and then broke my resolve to stop smoking". Clearly the upper classes had a good war. Seller sentit through in fantastic condition. Shame it wasnt available for Kindle
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Peter King
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How to get ahead in politics by starting work most days at 11am
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 22, 2019
Fascinating. Well written. Insightful. It starts by saying I wasn''t rich, we only had a few servants.
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Mr. Roger F. Kilshaw
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The Fringes of Power
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 2, 2010
A very interesting account of Colville''s time as Churchill''s private secretary from 1939 to 1955. In addition to the political activities, tensions in the war time cabinet etc, Sir john includes fascinating insights into the social life and attitudes of the class to which...See more
A very interesting account of Colville''s time as Churchill''s private secretary from 1939 to 1955. In addition to the political activities, tensions in the war time cabinet etc, Sir john includes fascinating insights into the social life and attitudes of the class to which he belonged, viz, aristocratic, public-school, Oxbridge, senior civil service. His text also includes many phrases taken from the Bible and Hymns which may be lost on a contemporary readership, but which demonstrates how religion has declined in Gt Britain over the past few decades. A must read for anyone interested in the politics of the period, the second World War, and Churchill whom he shows as a man, not just as the war leader of the Country.
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Amazing.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 20, 2016
I''ve only just got to the bit where Churchill comes to power as PM, but already absolutely gripped. The chap was only 25 when he wrote this stuff. Amazing.
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Ragdoll Radio
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Superb book!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 9, 2013
This may be THE most important ''history book'' of the 20th century. Brilliantly written. The second world war and the politics of post war Britain and the world are brought vividly to life!
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