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  • 'The best and most comprehensive account of British politics immediately before, during, and immediately after the Second World War

  • What I find most striking is the beauty of his prose, the force of his argument, and the awesome and painstaking research that underpins it. Although I still do not agree with him, it is one hell of an achievement, and one that has not been matched since

    Harriet Jones, Times Education Supplement
  • This is a landmark in the writing of contemporary history and deserves wide acclaim

    Times Literary Supplement
  • Many books have been written about the Home Front. Few have dealt with the development of policies at the top. Addison's book fills the gap magnificently. It tells with wit, scholarship and imagination how the British people entered the Promised Land - or seemed to

    A.J.P. Taylor, Observer
  • This is a brilliant book. It is probably the most intelligent monograph on a recent period of British politics

    John Vincet, New Society

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