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The Fringes of Power: Downing Street Diaries, 1939-55 Hardcover – 1 Aug 1989

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  • Hardcover: 796 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd; Third Impression edition (1 Aug. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340382961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340382967
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 5.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Colville's diaries provide another invaluable insight into the workings of Churchill's wartime administration. Many of the central figures kept and have published diaries: this is among the last to be placed before the public and it is voluminous and illuminating. Thank goodness so many kept accounts of those years - it is an invaluable service to history. Even the biographical notes appended to the volume are fascinating, often ringing with Colville's waspish style.
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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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The best diaries I ever read. My wife thoroughly enjoyed it as well.
When reading remember that we know the outcome of events whereas the author didn't.
A fascinating view of the personalities involved
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