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A Fascinating Book .
on 13 January 2015
This a book which I thoroughly enjoyed despite not developing any great warmth towards its author . At its heart what makes this book so fascinating is its endless stream of revelations , some well-known , some half guessed at , others quite new . My only slight criticisim is that , featuring Eden and Macmillan on its cover , the book only mentions both men as mere asides .
I greatly enjoyed the chapter detailing Churchills relationship with the Royal family . The Queen Mother bearing grudges? Surely not ? Roberts analaysis of Mountbatten was equally revealing . I recall the television series that Mountbatten made , which Roberts mentions , and remember how it gave the strong evidence of Mountbatten's over-inflated opinion of himself . Roberts illustrates that it was , indeed , a vastly over-inflated opinion .
The chapter dealing with the opposition Churchill faced from within the Conservative Party after becoming Prime Minister is truly fascinating . I was unaware of the extent to which , until his terminal cancer became known , Chamberlain remained the subject of backbench and grandee plots to restore him to the premiership .
Roberts covers the subject of appeasers and plotters for a peace deal with Germany in 1940 well . Indeed he has me eagerly awaiting the release of government papers under the seventy-five year rule in January 2016 . I wonder what they will reveal about Bryant , Butler and others ?