I ordered this book having visited the Churchill War Rooms and Joan Bright's name kept coming up in the literature. So I judged it could be quite informative. I was not disappointed. She started off as a shorthand typist and ended up organising the British side of the allied conferences planning the end of WWII and the post war world. There were few people at the top of the allied governments who were not on first name terms with her.
Although she was not a politician and she describes the 'downstairs' view of running a wartime government, she demonstrated a better understanding of war time strategic decision making than I got from (say) Liddell Hart. Perhaps this is because all the key papers went across her desk. She achieved this understanding without the benefit of a good secondary education.
Her writing style makes easy but compelling reading. To me it was more gripping than many books of fiction. The down side was that I devoured it too quickly and was disappointed when I got to the end. I wanted more. So I Googled her to find she spent the rest of her life socialising and writing military history books.
She was awarded the OBE for her wartime efforts and Ian Fleming part modelled Miss Moneypenny on her. That's a real lasting tribute. Book highly recommended too!