Harold Macmillan became Prime Minister in the darkly dramatic aftermath of the Suez operation, the ill-starred intervention which doomed his predecessor, Anthony Eden, and threatened the eclipse of the Conservative Government. Yet under 'Supermac', as he was characterized by Vicky the cartoonist, the Tories were returned with a parliamentary majority of a hundred in the general election two years later. His resignation in 1963, after nearly seven years in office, was preceded by the Profumo scandal; and passionate divisions were raised within the party when he was succeeded by Sir Alec Douglas Home, whom lam Macleod and Enoch Powell refused to serve.Macmillan was an unfailingly interesting and contentious Prime Minister, and his policies - in particular his economic policies and his initiatives over Africa and Europe - remain contentious. A self-styled expansionist of Keynesian instinct, he is now frequently accused of having been an agent of inflation, preoccupied with short-lived material advance to the detriment of the longer-term national interest. His phrase 'You've never had it so good' haunts him to this day.His was perhaps the last of the classic or aristocratic Tory administrations, although he himself could be called a Whig at heart. He is the last of the scholar-statesmen ofhis generation. He was the last Edwardian at No 10.The author knew and served him while he was Prime Minister, and has enjoyed his friendship ever since. He now presents an informal and affectionate but not uncritical impression touching on his earlier life and his retirement as well as his years of power.